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of our opposition, it isn’t even off subject to ask how industrial powers that design and produce GPS guided missiles can defeat preindustrial polyglots many of whom still produce mostly opium, carpets and slaves and whom still deliver their “products” by camel? The wars I have observed had an identifiable beginning and end. This one doesn’t. The conflicts I am familiar with have identifiable goals on both sides. This one doesn’t. The wars of my generation were between nations. This one isn’t. Our wars were fought between uniformed armies. This one isn’t. In my wars, religion was the excuse, not the reason. Religion is the fundamental, if not the only, rationale for this one. With all of those differences, it should be interesting to identify the distinctions and their consequences. It doesn’t take much time to realize that the variance is based on a very long Muslim history which is quite divergent from that of Europe and for a profoundly fundamental reason. Most of the world’s populations are separated by water, by land, by mountains, or by boundaries. The separations can be bridged by armies and tradesmen on horseback, in cars, in ships, or even by foot. The Middle East, outside of the Fertile Crescent, is separated by sand. It is not in banter that the camel is called the “ship of the desert”.

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