Nobody who has ever seen The Road should be all that horrified by what ISIS has done. When you’re in a post-acocalyptic nightmare land, you’ll grasp onto whatever straws of order you can get. So it is with the Sunnis of Iraq and Syria, who have now turned to a devil they don’t fully understand … Continue reading America Goes to War with the Islamic State (And Once More, It’s All About Oil)
So this Monday's update is delayed till Tuesday. I've moved continents and have to wait just one more day until my new American apartment is wired for the net and I can upload with ease. Rest assured! It's coming! Let's see if we can bother more Somali nationalists.
There was a time not so long ago when it seemed like the Middle East's worst problems were either endless cycles of tit-for-tat violence or mind-numbing stagnation. In 2010, it was possible to think Ghaddafi was going to die in his bed and that Saudi Arabia was a pretty stable, albeit deeply dull, place. Sure, … Continue reading ISIS Is Going to Change Everything In the Middle East
It has been a damned rough summer; rough year, in point of fact. From Egypt returning to de facto army rule to the rise of ISIS to the civil war now raging in Ukraine, peace is not the watchword of the world. And let's not forget what's going on in Gaza. It can be easy, in … Continue reading Rating the News By Geopolitical Importance (Spoiler: It’s Ukraine, But We’ll Get to Why)
Now that title ought to catch a few Google searches there. Anyone who's ever been in an abusive relationship understands the belief that sometimes, even though he keeps on yelling and hitting, you know, deep down, you're just right for one another and eventually he'll become the guy you knew when you first met him. And it … Continue reading Why the hell does America support Israel? (A fine story for a Monday)