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We Need to Talk About Agrabah

  • December 19, 2015
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Last week’s poll of Republican primary voters by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling firm has attracted  the usual mockery and arrogance from  the usual suspects.  The poll found that 30 percent of Republican voters believe that the fictional nation of Agrabah, birthplace of Aladdin,  poses a national security threat to the United States and should be bombed, whereas thirteen percent opposed bombing.

Among supporters of Donald Trump, the two figures were 45 percent and 9 percent respectively.  The poll also found that 36 percent of Democrat voters opposed bombing Agrabah,...

Talkin’ World War III Blues

  • December 16, 2015
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I know that the British media and political class have had a lot of important things to think and talk about recently, and far be it from me to distract from the seriousness of the debate that  has been taking place about our latest headlong leap into the Middle Eastern unknown.   Nevertheless,...

Mr Benn Goes Bombing

  • December 03, 2015
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The government predictably won its debate over whether to extend British air strikes into Syria last night.  Unlike 2013, there was never really any doubt about the outcome. Cameron had his party behind him, in addition to the Liberal Democrats, the DUP and a large enough number of Labour MPs to ensure that the...

Get Your Trident On!

  • October 02, 2015
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We have known for some time that Jeremy Corbyn is a dangerous man, and the  Labour Party Conference has now revealed just how menacing he truly is.   For it is now clear  that we have a potential future prime minister who has moral scruples about using weapons of mass destruction,  and has...

Look out Europe: the Russian bear is coming

  • June 05, 2015
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There is a psychological theory called projection which I have often thought can be applied to international relations.     Essentially, projection describes a tendency in interpersonal relationships by which individuals project onto others certain characteristics that they fear or hate in themselves.     An obvious example might be a sexually-frustrated fundamentalist preacher say,...

Yemen: stirring the cauldron

  • April 11, 2015
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What exactly has to happen in order to demonstrate once and for all to those who regard war and militarisation as the solution to the many problems that the Middle East faces that they were catastrophically wrong? The casualty estimates and death tolls from the countries our armies and special forces have fought or intervened...

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