When I got back here Sunday, I had several emails excoriating me for disparaging militias. It took me a bit to figure out just what the writers were "on about."
In my post about Beirut I was not complimentary to the Moslem militias in Lebanon. I did not mean to be. Those guys were criminals, the private armies of various War Lords or religious sects.
I don't have anything good to say about Islamic militias, then or now. Anyone who does would probably be better off reading a blog other than mine.
American militias are an adjunct of the Patriot Movement. I share their concerns and I am in sympathy with their distrust of the U.S. government. They are largely people who have banded together to prepare for the eventual crisis that most conservative people believe is coming, be it sooner or later. The fact that I disparaged Islamic militia does not imply I feel the same way about U.S. militia. Actually, I'm rather surprised that I have to explain that, but anything that can be misunderstood, will be I suppose.