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Why al Qaida will never succeed: Cucumbers and tomatoes
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, April 21, 2007

In relative terms, good news from Iraq:
At least two major insurgent groups are battling al-Qaida in provinces outside Baghdad, American military commanders said Friday, an indication of a deepening rift between Sunni guerrilla groups in Iraq.

U.S. officers say a growing number of Sunni tribes are turning against al-Qaida, repelled by the terror group's sheer brutality and austere religious extremism. The tribes are competing with al-Qaida for influence and control over diminishing territory in the face of U.S. assaults, the officers say. The influx of Sunni fighters to areas outside the capital in advance of the security crackdown in Baghdad may have further unsettled the region.

"This is a big turning point," U.S. Maj. David Baker said Friday in the Diyala provincial capital of Baqouba. "If they are fighting against each other, it's better than them fighting against us."

Even Sunnis who want to cooperate with the Shiite-led government are becoming more emboldened to speak out against al-Qaida. In Anbar province, more than 200 Sunni sheiks have decided to form a political party to oppose the terror group, participants said Friday.

The clashes have erupted over the last two to three months, pitting al-Qaida in Iraq against the nationalist 1920 Revolution Brigades in Diyala and Salahuddin provinces north of Baghdad as well as Anbar to the west, U.S. officers said. In Diyala, another hard-line militant Sunni group, the Ansar al-Sunna Army, is also fighting al-Qaida, they said.

"It's happening daily," Lt. Col. Keith Gogas said Thursday in an interview at an Army base in Muqdadiyah, 60 miles northeast of Baghdad. "Our read on it is that that the more moderate, if you will, Sunni insurgents, are finding that their goals and al-Qaida's goals are at odds."

American commanders cite al-Qaida's severe brand of Islam, which is so extreme that in Baqouba, al-Qaida has warned street vendors not to place tomatoes beside cucumbers because the vegetables are different genders, Col. David Sutherland said.
That is also why the Taliban, most likely, will never again succeed in Afghanistan. If it is possible, it's extreme fanaticism. Imagine an ideology or religion which assigns gender to vegetables because of their shape. More importantly, imagine one that wants to reach that deeply into controlling your everyday life.

AQ will eventually burn out in Iraq as more and more Iraqi groups turn against it and eventually exterminate the Iraqi arm. AQ is making a name for itself in Iraq, and it is not a good one ... and frankly, in the long run, that is good news.
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Who knew that vegetables had genders? Although, to be fair, I did once have a gay zucchini plant (it produced only male flowers, hence no zucchinis).
Written By: Wacky Hermit
al-Qaida has warned street vendors not to place tomatoes beside cucumbers because the vegetables are different genders
Please tell, what is the gender of tomatoes? I like tomatoes, I don’t like cucumbers. Does that place me in the class of the morally Reprehensible? Eating outside my gender.
Written By: James E. Fish
Please tell, what is the gender of tomatoes?
Too easy. Cucumbers are obviously male...didn’t ya take Freudian Psychology in college? And tomatoes...well, you gotta go back to the Damon Runyan days to find that a tomato was a broad...a doll...a dame...a skirt...a woman. So, tomatoes are female, and it’s okay for you to like them.
Written By: Steverino
So, tomatoes are female, and it’s okay for you to like them.
Rosie O’Donell likes tomatoes, I think it is safe to say, that the Taliban would NOT approve of that tomato love....
Written By: Joe
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Good grief, what would they do to me?

I eat them both cooked and raw, sometimes either together either way!

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp

PS. A little cucumber in salsa verde, mMMMmmm!
Written By: Tom Perkins
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I eat them both cooked and raw, sometimes either together either way!
Godless DEVIANT!

Written By: Joe
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How can they be different genders? A cucumber and two tomatoes gives you a complete set of wedding tackle!
Written By: Master Shake
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You almost think that letting them "win" in areas for a time would be very helpful. Well, except Pakistan where people eat this stuff up, errr, but not side by side.
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