Middle East

THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR… (…is becoming another Humpty Dumpty case never to be put back together again) Civil wars are anything but…civil…these have instead always been the bloodiest and most destructive of all forms of conflict throughout human history. Syria

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CAN THE SYRIAN KURDS PROVIDE A LATTER-DAY SALADIN… (…as the seed that will flower into a new civil and open society for all Syrians?) Saladin, was a Kurd…and some 800 years ago he re-conquered most of what we call the

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GOING IN HALF-APP… (…when full-bore is the need) We’ve said it many times before…there’s no other place on earth worth one drop of American blood, or, one American soldier’s life…least of all anywhere in the Middle East, and especially in…Iraq.

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TODAY’S SEA PEOPLES… (…a replay of an ancient story…in reverse) Some three thousand years ago or so the entire Middle East was shaken up and left in chaos, much as it is today. The cause, back then, seems to have

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GROWING STORM CLOUDS (for a possible nuclear war…) Prime Minister Yetanyahu’s recent address to Congress on Israel’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, may be correct from his perspectives, but they ignore an even greater threat in the region…one which makes

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THE SELF-PROCLAIMED CALIPHATE OF ISIS/ISSL (…is a practitioner of extreme barbarism and criminality) The latest barbaric murders of its Japanese and Jordanian hostages should be sufficient proof that the self-proclaimed caliphate of ISIS/ISSL is a practitioner of extreme barbarism and

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MYOPIC NATIONAL AGENDAS BLOCKING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIC EFFORTS (…as the US and Turkey just tiptoe further into the fray with only band-aid support…) The ISIS/ISIL wildfire continues to rage with little or no containment, much less any real signs of it

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THAT RED LINE IN THE SAND… (…means zilch on the ground…) The report of a recent chemical weapon attack in Syria on a rebel held suburb of Damascus, against non-combatant civilians, complete with vivid videos of its effects on them,

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MAKING A CHOICE FOR EITHER ENDLESS WAR…OR PERMANENT PEACE (…it’s up to them…) In that grand asylum of that region we all call – The Middle East – its inmates continue to engage in useless never ending conflicts of one

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CZAR VLADIMIR 1st IS GROWLING (…making like an old Soviet bear wearing red underwear) On the eve of a Big Eight summit conference Russia’s President Putin has bluntly warned everyone not to even think about providing arms to the Syrian

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