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If I were to make a historical analogy, I think I'd call it France's Algeria.

Wow. Chechnya is a nightmare, and has been for years. Is Will just counting on the collective ignorance of the American population for us to think that's a good thing? Or maybe he's just trying to draw the Iraqis in the place of the Chechens, who are particularly nasty guerrilla fighters. Of course, over the last century or so, the Russian central government has by displacement and direct action slaughtered huge percentages of the Chechen people for its own purposes, so it's not as if the Chechen's savagery is unwarranted.

Oh, damn, there I go looking for root causes again. That is so *French* of me.

He has to hope most people only know that in Chechnya the Russians are fighting Muslims. He must be trying to jumpstart the whole "We have always been at war with Islam" riff.

Most Americans couldn't find Chechnya on a map. I believe the collective ignorance will help support that analogy. As for Iraq, it is starting to resemble the Battle of Algiers.

I watched The Battle of Algiers when it was rereleased last year. Great movie, and I keep wondering why we are unable to learn from the mistakes of others.

They learned. They just learned the wrong thing. They think that the only problem with having a really awesome war is when an unruly media gets in the way.

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