Hey Tad, I loved your post, it was saturated in misconceptions and a navel gazing sense of pool reality. I understand as you toast in your pool under the heating skies, that you think you know what is really going on. Sadly you are ignorant my friend. "Because white people have a manifest destiny? You express a typicaly euro-centric colonialist point of view." No sir it is you who suffer from an euro-centric idea of history. Sure the white man did seek and did conquer much if not most of the globe, and much of this came through war, but that is yesterday's papers buddy. Long before the white european realized that sewage running down the center of his town was bad, those wiley Moslems had already galloped out of Mecca and conquered much of the planet, banging on the door of Vienna, taking Spain. This was a rude wake up call for those white fellows. They finally had to take seriously the words of the Byzantine king who spoke of the threatening Moslem hords...cont.
Three dead, 30 wounded in Islamist attack on UN base in Mali (Reuters)
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