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WWTD: What Would Tony Do?

Let's say it's New Jersey.

Three gangs, the Soprano mob, the Leotardo mob and the Lupertazzi mob all have an interest. The Lupertazzi mob is by far the biggest and most powerful and, all other things being equal, will eventually gobble up the other two.

But the Sopranos are fighting the Leotardos as much as the Lupertazzis, because right now, today, their turf is in more danger from the Leotardos, whatever the future may hold. The Sopranos know that the real war is with the Lupertazzis, but they also know that such a war could leave the Leotardos standing and in control of Sopranos territory. If anyone is going to contest Lupertazzi dominance the Sopranos want it to be them.

The FBI, wanting above all to disable the vicious Leotardos, (who have earned a very bad reputation,) makes a deal with the Sopranos.

"We, the FBI, will help you Sopranos to kill off the Leotardos. We realize you've murdered our agents in the past, and we realize you're almost certainly going to murder our agents in the future, but in order to prevail against the Leotardos we'll give you guns, we'll give you intel, and we'll send our agents out on missions with you."

At which point the President of the United States announces that progress is being made in the war on crime.

Change Sopranos to Sunni sheiks, Leotardos to Al Qaeda and Lupertazzi to Shiites. Tell me that's not what's happening in Iraq today.

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