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Posted: 9/10/2004 4:03:04 PM EST



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New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com
Time to forge an alliance
with Russia

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

The terrorist murders in Russia could spur an important diplomatic overture. Russian President Vladimir Putin rightly refuses to submit to terrorists and their demands, but his military commanders are not at all prepared for the kind of battle that faces them. They have not been properly trained and lack the technology that Western countries such as the United States and Britain have developed for hostage situations.
If the appropriate training and technology were offered to Putin (without a big public deal being made of it), it could bring Russia to the U.S. side in the global terrorist war.

If that happened, we would be one step closer to rebuilding the coalition that was forged for the war in Afghanistan, which included Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Japan. This should be a basic goal for the Oval Office, because homeland security without an international base may be effective for a while but, in the long run, will not do.

The problem here is China. There can be no greater satisfaction to China's leadership than a defeat of the U.S. In that regard, the longer the United States is bogged down in Iraq, the better.

How would the U.S. bring that enormous nation to see that its long-term interest is in helping to defeat the terrorist armies of jihad fundamentalists?

It won't be easy. China is moving to use its greatest natural resource, its population, to take a commanding position in Asia. It has forced Japan to reorder its economy, because China's grossly underpaid labor force is so cost-efficient that Japan, along with more and more countries, is exporting its manufacturing jobs to China, which also is doing billion-dollar business with Australia.

Only a very shrewd President with a big vision will be able to handle this problem.

Underlying the essential rebuilding of the alliance for the war in Afghanistan is the understanding that it is in the interest of all nations to make sure that terrorists do not get their hands on nuclear weapons and that nations willing to supply terrorists with monetary backing and weapons are forced into line.

Let's get some talk from the candidates on these issues instead of personal attacks. We would all be the better for it, just as we all will suffer if these complex homeland security issues are not effectively addressed.

Link Posted: 9/10/2004 4:03:56 PM EST
Would be a funny comic if the subject matter weren't so serious. It's right on the money though.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 4:06:21 PM EST
Hum, Britain, America, and Russia...Now why does that sound like a familiar alliance?
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 4:26:55 AM EST
btt
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 4:34:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2004 4:34:47 AM EST by MrClean4Hire]

Originally Posted By AlphaBobRI:
Hum, Britain, America, and Russia...Now why does that sound like a familiar alliance?



Turn Israel loose on them.
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 7:29:53 AM EST
Don't forget INDIA people, the New Alliance has to be the US, Russia and INDIA. Then we have Islam hemmed in on three sides.
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 7:47:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
Turn Israel loose on them.



That's got my vote. Screw trying to build a coalition to fight. Build a coalition of countries willing to look the other way when Israel does something. Let this be known to Israel. Sit back and wait while the problem goes away.
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