Agreed. But you should always keep in mind what exactly the gain of the governments in question is in all these theories and how the repercussions would look like if it gets exposed. Most of the time incompetence is a far more logical explanation than the assumption that our governments are downright malicious.
Had golden armour! In the books, I mean. We are not only mourning the beard, we are mourning his costume change from his opulent personal armour to Kingsguard white. But of course in the show they did it reverse, they had white armours in season 1 and now they are golden. When Larry even bothers to wear his cloak at all.
So... let's just look back what they have made of Ramsay so far: In the GoT-universe he has become a raping, torturing, murdering villain protagonist Mary Sue who is playing snooker with the laws of logic to achieve his goals, all the while stealing precious screentime from the real protagonist by showing his human side of craving for the attention of his maker and giving him a girlfriend of all things. Holy fuck, he has after all become Erika Furudo! (Behold her amazing villain song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qegCR2h-Rc, use subtitles to see what she's singing about) The thing is... Erika from Umineko is a Parody Sue! She is totally awesome despite being a thouroughly despicable human being... She is created to be that way and inserted into a detective novel, literally robbing the detective character of his first-person narration to make everyone's life in the story miserable. It just works because the story itself is so meta. To think that they have made Ramsay Sue into Erika pretty much the same way and play it totally serious because they don't realize what they're doing...
Okay, looks like typical Hollywood. I see some semblance to the legend they are adapting. It is one of Isis and how she goes on a paperchase for the remnants of her husband to let Anubis cobble him back together. So they gave that story to some random (male) shmuck and made it a bro-trip with Osiris. Funny.
I was talking about terroristic attacks against other countries. Suicide bombings etc.. I'm just thinking occupying the ISIS-territory and neighbouring states would cause an increase in terroristic attacks while in Germany and Japan most of the really dangerous fanatics just killed themselves. As I said: Nazi idiology didn't advocate terror, it advocated old-fashioned war. All these last stands and attempts to bully countries into neutrality came under the guise of conventional warfare. But you are right when it comes to warcrimes Nazi-Germany and ISIS have quite a lot in common.
Mmmh, I also brought up Germany as an example, but I highly doubt threatening with annihilation is going to change anything. People in Germany were (and are) quite pissed about the bombings of civilian centers. My former school building was a primary school during WW2 that got a direct hit into its air raid bunker wiping out all the pupils hiding there. Kinda makes you think when you go down there for music lessons. As well as the repeated findings of unexploded bombs which go on until today. What made up for that is what happened during occupation. People didn't appreciate bombs, but they did appreciate CARE-packages and economical help. The golden age in western Germany was a great help for the people to finally realize that democracy does work after all. Oh and by the way: The allies didn't break the ideology as well as they hoped they did. People just prefered to stay silent about it. But just go into a home for senior citizen and interview some old folks who were children at that time and were spoonfed with Nazi idiology since they were little. Despite all they know today, they will talk about Hitler with utter admiration, claiming he never knew about Holocaust. And for a different matter: Nazi ideology and radical islamistic extremism is quite different in a few things. For one the personal cult around Hitler mad it crack down after the man put a bullet into his head. But you can't kill a religion, can you? And then there is the fact that Nazi ideology is quite conservative in many aspects, especially when it comes to fighting. You face your enemy head on to prove that you are superior to him, that's why the worst thing the allies had to deal with at the end were snipers fortifying themselves in villages and a couple of child soldiers openly charging them with a rifle. I'm pretty sure Nazis would have thought that blowing yourself up is a craven tactic only useful in utter desperation. The ideology never encouraged terrorism, it encouraged open war. Then again, there is a difference between terroristic Al-Qaida and those nutjobs who are currently carving their caliphate out of the middle east. So yes, I do think a similar approach like the tediously long occupation of Germany could actually work in the long term. But not to hunt down terrorists, but to actually build up functioning states.
Is it really hinted that they'll going to show anyone warg? Would be quite a bother. I still see the surprised face of my unsullied fellow student who is now hearing the audiobooks after I told her all Stark children have the gift. And it annoys me to no end how they spit on the wolves considering how cool she found it in retroperspective.
Sure. And on the other end you have angry Jesus coming down from heaven with a flaming sword in hand to punish the sinners. And large parts of the Old Testimony is about how the chosen people murder the hell out of the Canaanites to drive them out of their own country. Seriously, if you really want to spread hate you can always find such a passage. You interprete such a text how you want it to interprete. I'm also defending religion here because deriding a faith is no viable solution that is going to change the situation we have here at hand. I have yet to see a reasonable plan for fixing the near east by those who blame Islam. Changing the circumstances of those interpreting the texts however is a solution that could work better than just dropping bombs on them.
Well, as you pointed out the 'soil' for hate in the Koran is also given in the Bible. Christianity had its fair share of extremism and violence under the pretext of spreading the 'right' faith in the past. Thing is in our secularized modern society Christian spirituality and tolerance can coexist despite those passages in the holy texts. And for that matter I also personally know quite a lot of Turkish and Iranian Muslims living here in Germany who adapted quite well. Blaming a religion is bullshit, extremism is born through a lack of perspectives and indoctrination by those who instrumentalize religion. Even if you somehow ban religion, those instrumentalizations won't stop. It is not about faith, it is about putting yourself into a position of superiority over others. If it isn't believes, people will use skin colour or descent or social background or anything else they can come up with to make up an 'us versus them' mentality. What is your solution then? Banning any pretext humans can find? Ridiculous. We need to fucking stabilize the middle east and improve social mobility in our own societies. Desperation, lack of perspectives and anger about this are the true soil of extremism. And it is the only aspect we can truly change through politics and action. Secularization comes as a neat side effect.
Well, fighting a threat so reviled that you get Israel and Iran to agree on something makes this sound like a serious possibility to be honest. And for all who are opposed to military intervention: This is not Al Qaida anymore. The IS has an army and they gain ground. It is difficult enough find those who finance them, but defeating them in the field to rid them of their dream of creating a totalitarian state is an actual possibility. I'm pretty much comparing it here with WW2. It was pretty much the only war I know of where a total military defeat didn't result in revanchism and I see the reason in there that Germany was rebuild during occupation. I see it as a valid possibility for the Middle-East: Occupying and rebuilding. You can defeat extremism by giving people better options, but we can't give them better options if we leave these countries in ashes.