Limited and Fastidious Intervention in Iraq and Syria

It is an odd war that is being fought in Syria and Iraq. It seems that the intervention of foreign powers in the war, albeit limited and fastidious, has one aim of wishing to expunge the soi disant Islamic State (which is neither Islamic nor a state) but other aims of supporting or toppling President Assad, depending on which intervention you are thinking about. There are other subsidiary aims – a home land for the Kurds, expansion of neighbouring states, political ideology and philosophical and religious dogma. War makes death; if you fight for principles those principles must be stronger than life and must support life. Continue reading

How to Defeat Isis

I am not a pacifist but I do abhor war. History teaches that we must defend ourselves from aggression and nations are entitled to do that and when they do that they must pursue their defence with all possible means that accord to the rules of war and are consistent with accepted civilised conduct. The activities of ISIS in Syria and Iraq are considered by many world leaders to be a threat to many nations and those leaders believe that threat extends to acts of terrorism carried out in places other than Syria and Iraq.  Continue reading

Irony Squared

Taking advice from Tony Blair about how to defeat the Islamic State would be rather like treading a well worn path that leads to Avernus, yet that does not prevent Mr Blair from proffering advice nor does it prevent the media from reporting his advice.  Continue reading

This Deadly Soap Opera

The world ‘s nations have always had contradictions and hypocrisies when it comes to dealing with their foreign affairs. Two hundred years ago in Northern Europe there were wars between Russia France and various other nations in the Baltic. In these wars some nations fought against other nations who were their allies in a different fight in a different part of the Baltic areas. The British interfered to attempt to change the politics and diplomacy of the region in their favour. Today in the Middle East we see the same mixture of alliances with some nations almost fighting themselves in an effort to secure dominance over a region. Continue reading

Exit, Pursued by ISIS

No good deed is said to go unpunished but many attempts to do good deeds are thwarted by the treat of punishment or actual punishment. Antigonus learned that, no doubt cursing as the bear chased him away from the baby. In world affairs an attempts to do a good deed, remove dictators and replace them with democratically elected politicians, we have seen that the attempt to do a good deeds have been chased away by larger less predictable and more serious threats. as the democratically elected leaders who replaced dictators are being chased away by ISIS. Continue reading

You Must Have an Enemy

Whoever you are and whatever you are you must have an enemy. If you are simply living a life sooner or later you will find an enemy or one will be thrust upon you. If you are a nation there will be an enemy and if there is not one your leaders will invent one for you. Continue reading

We Should Be Ashamed

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is said. However there are more evil intentions in hell’s pathway than there are good intentions. Outcomes may be not what have been intended, and this may cause misery and suffering, but this is a result of lesser sins, a such as pride, arrogance and the belief that the person upon whose intent the policy has been formed is cleverer and more perceptive than that person really is. Continue reading