The How To Guide of Defeating the Islamic State (Or: The Geopolitics of Defeating True Believers)

Defeating the Islamic State will require all the brutality of World War II and all the subtly of the Cold War. Here's how now the guide to the conditions that must be present before the Islamic State is defeated.

From al-Zarqawi to Mosul: Who the hell is ISIS?

Listen up, haters!  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a bad-ass organization of super terrorists who will totally ruin your weekend - if they could afford the plane ticket and could somehow get on a plane too.   And they just captured Iraq's second largest city.  Ruh-roh, Raggy!  Perhaps it's time to break … Continue reading From al-Zarqawi to Mosul: Who the hell is ISIS?

The Coming of Kurdistan Is Inevitable

A Kurd is not a piece of cheese often used in one of Canada's most treasured of national dishes.  It's a type of human being.  For most of history, they've been ignored, oppressed, conquered, and passed by, as greater powers nearby sought to use them as a buffer.  But now it's looking more and more … Continue reading The Coming of Kurdistan Is Inevitable

Bombing Syria Now Will Save Lives Later

Thus begins the Great Hand-Wringing.  The United Kingdom's out; Congress is demanding the president explain himself; everyone wants to wait on the UN weapons inspectors before making a decision.  It's all quite understandable, considering, well, this.  But holding back won't save anyone.  Here's why. This is not Iraq in 2003, for God's sake Everyone likes … Continue reading Bombing Syria Now Will Save Lives Later