ISIS vs. Al-Qaeda Infighting In Idlib Province In Syria Is A Sign of Things To Come

From Reuters: A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a gathering of jihadist rebels near the rebel-held northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on Wednesday, killing and injuring scores, rebel sources said. They said the blast ripped a textile factory where members of Hayat Tahrir al Sham, an alliance of rebel groups whose … Continue reading ISIS vs. Al-Qaeda Infighting In Idlib Province In Syria Is A Sign of Things To Come

Assad’s Big Push To Recover His Eastern Border

Bashar al-Assad hadn't had control of his Iraqi frontier for years.  It's a major headache; it's allowed Sunni rebels to supply themselves from Anbar, a favorable route for Gulf states hoping to keep the war going.  It's also allowed the Islamic State to slide supplies from its shrinking Iraqi domains to its shrunken Syrian ones. … Continue reading Assad’s Big Push To Recover His Eastern Border

Israel’s Quiet War on Hezbollah

(Personal note:  Thanks everyone for the congratulations!  Daughter is doing well and of course exhausting, so I will shortly be changing up the posting schedule here to better reflect my reality.  I'm not going anywhere anytime soon; this is a fine outlet for me for now, I just need to find a new way to … Continue reading Israel’s Quiet War on Hezbollah

Syria’s End Game

(Thrilled to announce that The 21st Century Made Super: How We Can Survive is now available for pre-order on Amazon!  If you're looking to support the work done here, please buy a copy, review it, and share it!  For indie authors looking to find a way, reviews are critical, so every review, regardless of what's in it, … Continue reading Syria’s End Game

Andrey G. Karlov is Not Franz Ferdinand

The high-profile killing was everything one could want from a public assassination.  Cameras were live; the Western media, less prone to state censorship, watching.  The assassin even had a chance to deliver a short speech that was straight to the point, and then was promptly killed by Turkish security services.  From the standpoint of political … Continue reading Andrey G. Karlov is Not Franz Ferdinand

Aleppo has fallen. Now what?

"I am waiting to die or be captured." That is the farewell message of one of the handful of remaining anti-Assad activists in Aleppo.  As the Assad regime now triumphs a murderous, four year long victory, the question of what comes next must be asked. Syria is a ruined country.  It was a state imposed … Continue reading Aleppo has fallen. Now what?

As Syria’s Cease Fire Fails, It’s Time To Break Some Stereotypes

Even last week, as I went about analyzing the Russian and American motives behind the most recent go at peace in the Syria civil war, I was hesitant to triumph success.  I doubt many are shocked; maybe John Kerry is heartbroken, but certainly this wasn't beyond the realm of expectations. So while anybody paying attention … Continue reading As Syria’s Cease Fire Fails, It’s Time To Break Some Stereotypes

The long, the short, and the medium of the Syrian peace deal

We should all retain a hefty dose of skepticism whenever someone uses the words "Syria" and "peace" in a sentence.  Having becoming the world's geopolitically favored proxy battleground, Syria's civil war may not stop upon the say-so of Washington and Moscow. There is, of course, the intractable, and resolutely murderous, Islamic State, whose entire recruitment … Continue reading The long, the short, and the medium of the Syrian peace deal

The Islamic State Works, But That’s No Reason for Peace

It's hard to be fair to totalitarians.  The vast majority of us English-reading folks have no concept of totalitarian systems beyond the hard-jawed stereotypes of Nazi movie villains, Thought Police boogeymen of 1984, or Kim Jong Un-like buffoonery.  We take for granted the innate moral superiority of our systems so often that we rarely think about the … Continue reading The Islamic State Works, But That’s No Reason for Peace

If Assad Captures Aleppo, Then What For the West?

Behind the Islamic State's murderous campaign of jihadi chaos, past the shattered European Union, veiled by America's police shootings, protests, and mass shootings, lurks the skulking husk of the Syrian government, still barrel bombing, gaining ground, suddenly, quietly, reconquering Syria. What a difference a year makes.  Once Assad was clearly on the ropes: his depleted … Continue reading If Assad Captures Aleppo, Then What For the West?