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SHOULD THE WORLD CONTINUE TO PUT UP WITH THESE ASSHOLES?


If we are to keep up the pretense that we really give a rat’s ass about the poor people in Syria who are  being murdered by their own government, then we have to stop such ridiculous things as “strongly condemning” the shoot-down of a Turkish jet, and considering sanctions for the murders of innocent civilians.  Among other things, indiscriminate shelling of civilian populations is a clear-cut violation of the Geneva conventions.  Are we concerned about humanitarian rights, or are we just concerned with political posturing?

On the other hand, the last time we got deeply involved in this sort of thing, we managed to trash a modern, industrialized country and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians as “collateral damage.”  

Maybe the only thing worse than political posturing is the idea that NATO might actually do something.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/nato-condemns-downing-of-turkish-jet-by-syria/2012/06/26/gJQAjZqs3V_story.html?wpisrc=al_comboNP

Quote of the month:


“If a shopkeeper from Quetta can make a fool of them and keep them engaged in talks for months, how do they believe they can defeat the Taliban?”

~ Mohammad Hafiz, a senior Taliban commander, in response to recent revelations that NATO officials were negotiating with an impostor.

2008 — The Resurgence of the Nation-State


by George Friedman

In 1989, the global system pivoted when the Soviet Union retreated from Eastern Europe and began the process of disintegration that culminated in its collapse. In 2001, the system pivoted again when al Qaeda attacked targets in the United States on Sept. 11, triggering a conflict that defined the international system until the summer of 2008. The pivot of 2008 turned on two dates, Aug. 7 and Oct. 11.

On Aug. 7, Georgian troops attacked the country’s breakaway region of South Ossetia. On Aug. 8, Russian troops responded by invading Georgia. The Western response was primarily rhetorical. On the weekend of Oct. 11, the G-7 met in Washington to plan a joint response to the global financial crisis. Continue reading