You do not want to believe there is something worse that could be going on, therefore there is none to you.
Swear to god, political and economic control!
Holy shit, even Sun Tzu knew that there's no such thing as a profitable military campaign: Doesn't matter how much oil was under Iraq, it wasn't worth $2 trillion and the elimination of our credit rating. Doesn't matter if Iraq turned into a shining beacon of democracy, any political goodwill was withered away by our unilateral venture such that none of our historic allies want to join us for anything now.
Bush-era idiocy was just that, and you should never assume conspiracy when idiocy is a much more plausible explanation.
USA support the FSA for 2 years in a civil war conflict against a sovereign government, which is nothing more than bandits and thieves and fanatics. And people really believe the Arab Spring is universal in ME?
Mr Quirico said that paradoxically he was treated with most humanity when held by al-Qaeda
An Italian war correspondent held captive by multiple armed groups in Syria has spoken of how he was treated "like an animal".
Domenico Quirico was freed on Sunday, after being held hostage for five months along with Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin da Prata.
In the pages of his newspaper, La Stampa, the 62-year-old described being subjected to two mock executions.
He said his captors were "mixed-up" men consumed by the pursuit of money.
Mr Quirico entered Syria from Lebanon on 6 April. He disappeared four days later near the city of Qusair - probably betrayed, Mr Quirico said, by members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Over following months he and Mr da Prata were passed from one armed group to another.
I could hear him [my captor] breathing. I knew that he liked to have a man's life in his hands”
The captives endured long, dangerous journeys that took them halfway across Syria as the battle frontlines shifted and they were forced to decamp.
He finally arrived home in early on Monday morning, after what Italian authorities said were extensive efforts by the Italian foreign ministry and other state agencies.
Money"Our captors were from a group that professed itself to be Islamist but that in reality is made up of mixed-up young men who have joined the revolution because the revolution now belongs to these groups that are midway between banditry and fanaticism," he said.
Except that intervening wins the support of allies in the Middle East.
Doesn't matter if Iraq turned into a shining beacon of democracy, any political goodwill was withered away by our unilateral venture such that none of our historic allies want to join us for anything now.