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I would point again to Mark Curtis' book on Britain's longtime collusion with radical Islam as a strategy for "containing" secular Arab nationalism:
Thank you, Sir.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2018 on By popular demand ----- at Sic Semper Tyrannis
FB Ali Hear, hear.
jdledell - Thank you for your response. I think that the importance of Iran's precision project is rightly of concern to the IDF leadership (I often observe Debka knashing their teeth on the subject). Precision strikes against electricity generating plants, potable water supplies, and sewage treatment plants would quickly make life considerably less comfortage for Israeli's used to first world infrastructure and comfort.
Looking at a SouthFront video of Turkish Armed Forces progress in northern Syria, I found it discomforting how close the TAF appeared to Aleppo.
jdledell - It appears to me that Israel (with its allies) intentionally launched an operation in Syria to overthrow Assad and install a Saudi controlled or Saudi allied salafist dictatorship. So what I am wondering is - does anybody in the Israeli establishment think "wow, we really messed up (ie overreached) this time"? My understanding is that before the war Assad was aiding Hezbollah to some degree, but now Assad has every reason to take the gloves off and jump into an alliance with Iran and Hezbollah with both feet. I spent a few weeks in Syria and I found the Syrians to "really have their act together" (by Arab standards, frankly) ... and to be very, very tough. I would think that the Syrians are in nothing close to a concilliatory state of mind. The Syrians and the Assad leadership are also smart enough to retaliate against Israel in a calm, methodical, long term way - for example by helping Iran build Long Range Precision Strike capabilities in Syria and Lebanon.
LondonBob I think that in much of the world The World Cup is a bigger deal than the Olympics. I knew some atheletes here in Canada who had their athletic careers ended by our boycott of the 1980 olympics (after years and years of hard work). I'm surprised western intelligence agencies have not done more to undermine Russia's world cup. They may yet.
Terry I've been thinking about this as well. I went looking for a graph of median income in China and the US over the last 20 years ... and could not find one. What I would really like to see is a graph of median income increases over the last 20 years - I would argue this is more relevant than the easy to find graphs of GDP increases. Median income in Russia increased something like 270% in inflation adjusted terms during the first 10 years that Putin was in power. The Economist claims this was solely due to the increase in oil prices. I went looking at countries that had comparable oil-production-per-person and found that Canada (whose oil production per person is essentially identical to Russia) saw its median income increase only 9% in the same period. This isn't to say that Putin's leadership is necessarily good in the long term, but the western press are clearly ignoring important economic statistics regarding both China and Russia.
Grazhdanochka I would love to see this film. Feel free to email me at and we can discuss it. Cheers.
aleksandar, Ah - Restrepo. Yes, I have seen that. I walked into the Military Museum in Kiev maybe 12 years ago and there was a poster on the wall of a Soviet soldier cradling an Afghan baby and smiling at the camera. My world spun around for a few seconds. It can be quite educational to see things from other people's points of view.
aleksandar, Which "SHAPIRO" movie? I have never heard of this film, and I can't find any film called SHAPIRO or related to a guy named Shapiro. I would be very interested to see a film that depicts Afghanistan from the Russian point of view. Very interested.
Jony Kanuck Regarding the nuking of Warsaw - I think you are onto something in that I have been thinking for a long time that in the event of a low scale nuclear war, the side with the most allies is the most vulnerable. Nuking the US or Israel would be madness, but who likes the Romanians. Or as I keep insisting is even better, Saudi Arabian economic assets. I'm not sure that Warsaw is the best choice - I lived in Poland for a year and the Poles really hate the Russians. I think Putin would want to hit a country that would immediately say "sorry" and renounce its alliance with Washington. Also one that the US would do little to help because they just don't care about them. The Poles would stay loyal to uncle sam if you nuked three of the cities. UAE, I'm thinking, not so much ...
Peter In Toronto wrote: "American civilian casualties may be entirely acceptable to the Likud Party and its proxies in the US." I have no doubt that in the event of all out nuclear war Moscow will prioritize Israeli targets. They know that Israel is the senior partner in the US-Israel partnership, and they know that Israel would be far, far less able to absorbe a nuclear strike. James in Toronto
I am on the left, and Tucker Carlson is a rare voice of sanity in my opinion. His willingness, at various times, to give Tulsi Gabbard, Jordan Peterson, and James Damore a hearing endeared him to me. He appears to me to be a man of principles in a job which selects against that.
So Trump has picked the woman who destroyed the CIA torture tapes to be the new head of the CIA. The destruction of those tapes sounds like obstruction of justice to me. I wonder if he is trying to put his critics in a bind where they have to demand that the head of the CIA also be prosecuted for obstruction of justice if they go after Trump for obstruction of justice. Presumably she will feel that she is in the same boat as Trump.
Perhaps a small nuclear exchange against non-civilian targets is just what the world needs to realize this endless warmongering is not rational. If I were Putin, I would nuke the Ghawar field in KSA.
Getting these jihadis moved to Idlib will at least deprive them of their human shields.
I continue to learn things around here that I could never learn anywhere else. It is a privilege to read the Colonel, TTG, and Publius Tacitus.
Colonel Yes, but our shirt model Prime Minister is not a neocon, and that is very important to me. Our borg news media attack him non stop. I will take a SJW pretty boy over a neocon any day of the week. I live in fear of another Harper, and I think that Justin is the only thing standing between us and another Likudnik government.
As a Canadian, I prefer the British parliamentary system to the US system in a number of respects ... but I have to hand it to you yanks, your protections for freedom of speech are the best (and most intelligent) in the world. I take my hat off to you. AIPAC and their minions can continue to try and make mischief, but on this issue the founding fathers have outplayed them IMO.
I was in Ukraine a couple of years before Maidan2. I travelled to Kiev, Odessa, and Lviv and talked to a fair number of Ukrainians. I wanted to understand the "orange vs blue" thing. My impression was that 25% of the country (in the west) hated the Russians, 40% loved the Russians, and the rest just wanted a decent life and wanted good relations with both East and West. When I first reached Kiev the orange were in Maidan square. I turned on my TV and watched CNN and BBC give them constant coverage for two days straight. I like to hear both sides, so I looked for coverage on the Russians stations (I don't speak Russian but one can learn a lot from body language etc) - and there was none at all. I was flabergasted. I went to Warsaw and came back a couple of weeks later. Now the blues were in Maidan square, and the Russian TV was covering it non-stop. I flipped to CNN and BBC only to find - zero coverage. Zero. This was a big learning experience for me. I left via a Kiev to Moscow overnight train. I found myself talking to a very likeable and intelligent Ukrainian from Western Ukraine. He spoke perfect English, had gone to George Brown College here in Toronto, and was the kind of Ukrainian we westerners get along very well with. I asked him about the "orange vs blue" thing and he gave me some complicated answer that I didn't understand. Then, to my surprise, he asked me "what do you think"? I said "I don't know - but to me it looks like a chessboard with Russia on one side and the US on the other". He immediately became very animated and said "Yes! Yes!! That is exactly what we Ukrainians think. Ukraine is a chessboard, and we are the pawns."
I am afraid that the Teflon coated weasel will manage to hang on.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2018 on Natanyahu is Finished. at Sic Semper Tyrannis
James Woolsey on whether the US interferes in other countries elections: "Only for a very good cause and in the interests of democracy". But Russians interfering in our elections is totally unacceptable. I don't see how war with Russia is anything other than inevitable.
There are a lot of countries that can start issuing indictments against Americans that have "interfered" in their elections, it seems to me.