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At War Against Evil… Again

  • September 25, 2014
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With ‘reluctant warrior’ Barack Obama’s declaration of war against Islamic State, the United States has found another in a seemingly endless series of justifications for waging war in the Middle East.

In 1990/91 it was saving Kuwait.   In 2003 it was weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.   Last year it was the chemical weapons...

Destroying and Degrading: the War Machine Grinds On

  • September 11, 2014
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It’s often difficult to determine whether the seemingly endless wars and interventions that followed the atrocities of 9/11 are directed by incompetents or by cunning and devious knaves.

For thirteen years now, the US and its allies have left a trail of violence across the world, which has left the shells of broken eggs everywhere but...

Nelson Mandela’s A list Send-Off: History Ends as Kitsch

  • December 11, 2013
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Call me a cynic, but I can’t help feeling that there was a great deal to be cynical about at the Nelson Mandela memorial yesterday, at least as far as the elite gathering of ‘global leaders’ and ‘ eminent persons’ was concerned.     For sheer crassness, the ‘selfie’ taken by Cameron, Obama and the...

Hello America: The President Would Like Your Permission to Bomb

  • September 04, 2013
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Americans may be reluctant to get involved in another Middle Eastern war, but the US political elite is not going to allow public opinion get in the way of another righteous intervention.   Because foreign policy, national security and reasons of state are serious matters that require serious leaders,  with wisdom, judgment and insight, and an...

Obama threatens Israel

  • November 19, 2012
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Clearly emboldened by his recent electoral victory, Barack Obama has embarked on a radical and historic change of direction regarding America’s relationship with Israel.  During a state visit to Thailand this weekend, the president called on Israel to halt what he called a ‘gratuitous and murderous assault’ on the Gaza Strip.

Obama dismissed Israel’s claims...

Bin Laden Day

  • May 02, 2012
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It’s exactly one year since the president of the world’s most powerful democracy sent a team of Navy Seals to kill the world’s most wanted man in his pyjamas in a rundown house compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.   Who can forget that historic  moment which a photographer captured for posterity,...

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