Now that I have expressed my views on politics I will address of the issue of Paradise Lost, i.e. the present situation in the middle east. As Michael has so aptly pointed out, the region of the world he is presently reporting on with so much alacrity and presence of being, was one the worlds most productive regions of mankind. The richest places on the planet existed in this area long before the present day empires where even thought about. It has for countless centuries been the focal point of extended struggles for control and political superiority.
Unfortunately in recent history the middle east has gone from being the most prosperous and flowering to the most screwed up and destitute due to socio-political forces under the influence of radical Islamic stupidity and ignorance. It's our American presence in these potential gardens of Eden that holds out any hope that will bring back the good times for the people of the middle east. We only have to listen to reason, logic, and the voices of the locals in order to see the mission through.
Michael has said many times over that it's the local people whom we need to win over in our excursions on the road to peace in the world. Start with the children, make them happy and feel secure and you will win over the rest of the village. That is the true meaning of Paradise;-)
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