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Terrorism: a growth industry

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Submitted by Michael S, Jul 28, 2017 at 05:37

CPEC promises to turn Pakistan from a country to a road -- something the Germans did to Belgium in two wars. Meanwhile, Pakistan is in the news: It is now officially simultaneously on America's "Major Non-NATO Ally" list, and on our "Terrorist Sponsor State" list. Other countries would share this double "honor", if the definition of "terrorist" were broadened to match everyone's particular tast -- Afghanistan, for instance, and Jordan... and how about Turkey? They're a NATO ally, and have been the mainstay of numerous jihadi groups in Syria for several years now.

The terror business is starting to look like the space race. At first, there were just two state sponsors, the US and the USSR (both using ex-Nazi scientists). Then the Europeans got into the game, then India, Japan, etc., and now it's getting privatized. Soon I expect "jihad acadamies" to compete with one another to enroll the children of wealthy parents. I expect that the deans of these colleges will also have courses in drug dealing, prostitution, smuggling and money laundering. This could be a growth industry.

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