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Comment Re:Yeah, I've worked with a few of those (Score 1) 413

Probably not. It is pretty common for people to become radicalized during or after their education. If it was all planned you would expect to see clustering around majors that directly related to creation of bombs or weapons, but I doubt that is the case. Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of the 9/11 attacks, studied architecture and urban planning. He was strongly influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood during his education.

Comment Re:When You Can't Get A Date...Blow Something Up (Score 1) 413

There is obviously a correlation between being dateless and becoming a terrorist.

It probably isn't especially high. It isn't hard to find examples of suicide bombers that were married.

Couple planned Isil suicide bombing of Westfield or Tube, court hears
Married to monster
Saddam Rewards Suicide Bombers' Families

Comment Re:Some innacuraties (Score 1) 550

Some innacuraties

You see to be contributing a few yourself.

No Mig-29 has ever locked a Turkish plane in the region. The Russians have none there.

That's not true, it happened just last month, as shown below. Also, planes are mobile, they can come and go.

It has happened again.a Turkish Air Force F-16 was locked on by an “unidentified” Mig-29 .

As already reported, on Oct. 3 and 4 October the Turkish airspace was violated by Russian Air Force Su-30SM and Su-24 aircraft in the Hatay region.

During the first incident, the Russian Su-30SM (initially referred to as a Mig-29 by the Turkish military) maintained a radar lock on one or both the F-16s for a full 5 minutes and 40 seconds before the aircraft departed the Turkish airspace. As explained, this was a rather unusual incident: violations occur every now and then, but usually aircraft involved in the interception do not lock on the “target” in order to prevent dangerous situations.

Well it happened again on Oct. 5 and, to make the whole story more mysterious, it looks like the aircraft was identified as a Mig-29 from an unidentified nation/air force.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the Mig-29 locked on at least one of 8 TuAF F-16s performing CAP (Combat Air Patrol) on the border with Syria. What is more, the lock on lasted 4 minutes and 30 seconds.


Small strays at the bad side of a border are common and are not worthy of an incident.

If you refer to that quote above, Russian aircraft have previously sent many minutes in Turkish airspace, and put a radar lock on Turkish aircraft while in Turkish airspace. The Russians haven't merely had "minor straying" into Turkish airspace, but highly provocative and lengthy ones. The Russians are playing a dangerous game.

The Turks are clearly looking for war with Russia for whatever reason.

You seem to have it mostly backwards there. The Russians are trying to intimidate the Turks as they have been trying to do with some other countries, such as nuclear threats against Denmark.

Or their political leaders do not realise Russia is not Armenia and they are going to react.

I think it is the Russians that are mistaking Turkey for a country that won't react, and they are testing NATO resolve. Will Obama's America back them? Who knows?

Until now, if you watch the images of Russian planes in Syria, you see they fly with old air-air missiles (R-27s) which show they didn't really expect anyone would be dumb enough to start a fight with them.

The Russians probably though nobody would push back to their provocations.

The R-27 is still in front line service, and new variants continue to be developed. Your comment seems to be nonsense.

I hope NATO will stay out of this. If they start a WW3, I desert. I won't fight or even pay taxes for islamists.

If Russia attacks Turkey then Turkey is well within its rights to seek NATO assistance. Turkey would be expected to assist if another NATO country, say France, were to request assistance.

Europe has a growing number of Islamists within its borders.

Comment Re:I find swatting (Score 1) 246

I find swatting ... Endlessly amusing. I find it amusing because it exposes a fundamental flaw in telecom systems.

You're quite mistaken there. It isn't a "fundamental flaw in telecom systems," it is a flaw in the social system. Fortunately there is an excellent patch for this issue. The problem is that it isn't used enough. If the patch was applied more regularly the problem would be likely to pretty much disappear. Will you be volunteering to demonstrate?

Comment Re:Security theater (Score 2) 147

Letting all of your potential allies be destroyed before you lift a finger is a bad strategy if you actually want to have allies for the fight. If the US wouldn't have gone to war while Britain was still in it things would have been very dark indeed. In that case it would be unlikely that the US would liberate Europe itself from the continental US. Europe's future would be slavery under the Soviet Union, Germany, or Italy. That wouldn't bode well for the US.

As directed by Moscow, Communists in the US and Europe opposed war to to aid that other "fine bunch of socialists" running Germany. That changed once the Soviet Union was invaded.

Using the power of the state to commit mass slaughter of civilians whether by violence or starvation is a very different thing than open warfare against a peer state.

Comment Re:Security theater (Score 1) 147

It was poor against poor whilst the rich raked in the rewards.

I think you have probably gotten hold of some defective history there. WW1 was a disaster for the old order in Europe. The privileged were tallied on the butcher's bill just as the poor.

The real Eton Rifles: the heroism of public school boys in the First World War

Public school alumni suffered disproportionately heavy losses during the Great War. Whereas some 11 per cent of all those who served in the war died as a direct result of the fighting, the figure for public school boys was over 18 per cent. Those who left school between 1908 and 1915 died at even higher rates, serving on the front line as junior officers or as pilots in the Royal Flying Corps. The losses sustained by the upper and middle classes were heavy. Lord Salisbury, who was prime minister until 1902, was not untypical in losing five of his ten grandsons. Whatever else, the products of public schools were not shirkers. The vast majority could not have been more different to Captain Blackadder.

Heavy war debt, significant losses to manpower, ruined economies, .... WW1 was no great bounty to the nations that fought it.

The Communists opposed war against Germany while the Soviet Union was friends with them after having singed a non-aggression pact, invaded and split Poland's territory, and committed the Katyn massacre.

In WW2 it wasn't just the poor that got killed.

Comment Re:Security theater (Score 1) 147

War Is a Racket by retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler :)

When on the battlefield Smedley Butler was among the bravest and greatest warriors the US has produced.

When engaging in politics Smedley Butler partook of crank fringe politics, threw in with Communists, and tried to delay the US entry into WW2.

I would find his views about assaulting a fortress to be highly interesting, and his views about governing to be nonsense.

It's sad to see you recommending him.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.