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

Iraq Slides Back to Its Natural State

Disclaimer:  Iraq's natural state is not a violent, psychopathic Madmax-esque land of broken dreams and slaughtered sects. It's natural state is actually a divided one. First, let's take a run-down of Iraqi history and geography to understand how it got to where it is today. Ancient Iraq was not called Iraq; also, it was independent … Continue reading Iraq Slides Back to Its Natural State

How To Make Your Nation Go Nuts

It’s closing time.  The bar’s about to shut up and you’ve got to get out.  But there’s that one guy, sitting over there in the corner, who’s been alone the entire night.  You can already tell he’s super drunk.  When they ask him to leave, he tells them to shove it up their asses.  A … Continue reading How To Make Your Nation Go Nuts

The Rogue State Depoliticized

(Preface: Did anybody, and I mean anybody, see this coming?  Right now, Syria's best left untouched.  Events are moving and I'm not in the room for any of the meetings.  Will Assad give up his chemical weapons and be allowed to conventionally slaughter the rest of his country?  Time is now going to have to tell. … Continue reading The Rogue State Depoliticized

Even a Small Attack in Syria Could Tip The Scales (Because Small Guys Get Knocked Over Easier)

It is, in many ways, elementary.  Bigger is better, stronger, and more able to survive punishment.  The smaller something becomes, the more fragile it is.  A lot of fretting is going into the long-term effects of an air assault on Syria.  Most of it centers on how Americans feel about themselves following eight long years … Continue reading Even a Small Attack in Syria Could Tip The Scales (Because Small Guys Get Knocked Over Easier)

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