Scaremongering?

Old Aug 25th 2014, 10:09 am
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Long time lurker here. I've just read this:

Fractures in Arab Gulf alliance a greater threat to oil security than Islamic State - Telegraph

Should we be worried?
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Old Aug 25th 2014, 5:55 pm
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No. There are always fractures. It's what desert tribes do best.
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Very true.
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UAE and Egyptian planes reported to have attacked Qatari funded islamist militants in Libya. bit of a bigger fracture?

BBC News - Libya crisis: US 'caught off-guard' by air strikes
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Nice to see the US condemning outside interference there.
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Originally Posted by OriginalSunshine View Post
No. There are always fractures. It's what desert tribes do best.

May I suggest sunshine that you do some brush up on your knowledge of Europe history to find out which people in the world are more fit for that description of yours!!!
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May I suggest sunshine that you do some brush up on your knowledge of Europe history to find out which people in the world are more fit for that description of yours!!!
So you're suggesting that "fractious", whether applicable to those elsewhere or not, is not an accurate description of the historic (and possibly current) relationships of the tribes of the Middle East? This at time when Syria, Libya and Iraq are in the grips of essentially tribal driven, and supported, warfare.
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Less than 70 years since the bloodiest conflict in History - main focus was in Europe, not the Middle East. A lot of dead in Asia too !
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Originally Posted by scot47 View Post
Less than 70 years since the bloodiest conflict in History - main focus was in Europe, not the Middle East. A lot of dead in Asia too !
in terms of total numbers yes, in terms of bloodiest as a percentage of population probably not.
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May I suggest sunshine that you do some brush up on your knowledge of Europe history to find out which people in the world are more fit for that description of yours!!!
Have you ever been outside europe ?
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May I suggest sunshine that you do some brush up on your knowledge of Europe history to find out which people in the world are more fit for that description of yours!!!
Don't know many desert tribes in Europe. How about you?

ps your English grammar is deteriorating.
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Old Aug 26th 2014, 3:31 pm
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Or should I say you are exposing your lack of understanding regarding idioms?

One brushes up on, rather than do some brush up on.
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Originally Posted by OriginalSunshine View Post
Don't know many desert tribes in Europe. How about you?

ps your English grammar is deteriorating.
Go easy on the lad, he's only 12. And his mum took away his internet access for the last few days so he's all eager to get those sticky fingers on the keyboard.
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Old Aug 26th 2014, 5:06 pm
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So what's the history between the UAE and Qatar? Why is this kicking off now?

**ignoring the squabbling**
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Originally Posted by the_red_sheep View Post
So you're suggesting that "fractious", whether applicable to those elsewhere or not, is not an accurate description of the historic (and possibly current) relationships of the tribes of the Middle East? This at time when Syria, Libya and Iraq are in the grips of essentially tribal driven, and supported, warfare.

No, what I am saying is that comments such as those should be scrutinized specially when they are made by an European. Historically speaking Europe has always been the most violent content in terms of the number of inter-fighting wars and the scale of these wars. I strongly believe that the only life line that is keeping the integrity of present Europe is wealth, you take that wealth away from Europe and the whole content will go back to its old habit of territorial, ethnic, religious, and what have you wars. But to be fair I have to exempt the Scandinavians lot from this equation.
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