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Still hair-splitting.

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Aug 31, 2014 at 17:17

Daniel Pipes replies:

First, those all worked for the same government and the Islamist organizations do not. Second, my point is that focusing on the MB misses the larger picture.

I accept your point, Daniel; but I still see the "differences" between all these Islamist groups as hairsplitting.  One of the great "under-unpinnings" of Mr. Obama's foreign policy, is that he is treating these Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum entities as being on opposite sides from one another.  The result has been our supporting the Iran-backed Iraqi government, in its war against Tweedle-ISIS, while at the same time backing Tweedle-Nusra in its war against Iran-backed Bashar al-Assad.  Don't you see the madness of this all?  It makes sense only to the military-industrial complex, that makes money no matter which side wins.

You overlooked one thing in your comment: ISIS owes its existence and strength from the tacit support of Muslim-Brotherhood Turkey, which facilitates its military resupply as well as its exports corridor.  They are not part of the "same government"; but then, ISIS is essentially a "non-governmental" organization.

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