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So … North Korea wants to blow up some things. Again. Or, at least that’s what they’re screaming. I, personally, think this is just a shakedown for more cash. This is a country that can’t take a shit without China approving and I doubt China’s in the mood for nuclear war right off their border, not to mention the attack of their No. 1 consumer base. Someone has to buy their cheap shit. That someone is still us … even at our most financially strapped. Plus, it’s in no one’s best interest for us to go to war — with nukes — with the North Koreans.

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Most people in the West who claim to understand the Middle East are just guessing

Two years ago I began researching Middle Eastern history for a screenplay I was writing, meant to be set partially in North Africa and Turkey during the time of the Iraq War, as well as post-WWI Iraq and Iran (then Mesopotamia and Persia and other remnants of the collapsing Ottoman Empire). I read lots of books, Assassin’s Gate, A Peace to End All Peace, Cobra II and Fiasco just to name a few. But a strange thing happened. The more and more I learned about the Middle East the less I seemed to understand. All four of those books were written by Westerners, two were about the Iraq War solely from the perspective of the US military. At least Assassin’s Gate looked at the lives of everyday Iraqis impacted by the war and Saddam Hussien’s dictatorship, but it was still through the eyes of an American.

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More pictures of the Obamas enjoying Paris before leaving later this Sunday. The First Family visited the Pompido Art Museum while Michelle, Sasha and Malia went shopping at Bonpoint.

Both European and American press have exhaustively covered every ounce of their trip, from examining gossipy potential snubs and slights to where they went on a date, what sites they visited and how two White House aides actually got engaged during the trip.

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