Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless Obama

To the KGB-schooled “hard men” of the Kremlin, dealing with the Obama administration is akin to taking candy from a baby

Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless ObamaThe Syrian ceasefire has collapsed. At best it survived 48 hours. In reality it was stillborn. The UN Security Council is expected to take up a resolution in the next few days calling for a new ceasefire, but given Russia’s veto on the Security Council, the deliberations will go nowhere. Perhaps it’s time for U.S. Secretary…

Mustard gas – the original WMD – is set to stage a return

After an absence of almost a century, mustard gas is about to return to the modern battlefield

Mustard gas – the original WMD – is set to stage a returnA little more than 100 years ago, at the Second Battle of Ypres, the German Army unleashed the first large scale use of poison gas on the Western Front. Following a two-day bombardment, the German Army simultaneously released 168 tons of chlorine gas over a four-mile front. The panic that resulted opened a four-mile gap…

Yet another Syrian ceasefire without good prospects

Even if the U.S. succeeds in rolling back the Islamic State, one or more rebel alliances committed to Sharia law will rise up in its place

Yet another Syrian ceasefire without good prospectsU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have announced another ceasefire in the Syrian civil war. The end result is unlikely to be positive. Ostensibly, the purpose of the ceasefire is to allow aid convoys from Turkey to bring badly-needed supplies to the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. Some 250,000 people…

Turkey incursion upends Syrian battlefield

The objective is to prevent the seizure of the portion of Aleppo province by U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces

Turkey incursion upends Syrian battlefieldTurkish military forces have crossed into Syria to oust Islamic State (IS) militants from the border area. The first objective was Jarabulus, an IS stronghold along the Turkish-Syrian border. It has been used to bring jihadists into Syria and smuggle out antiquities and oil. The Turkish intervention, dubbed Operation Euphrates Shield, is being supported by U.S. and…

The Syrian ceasefire is a farce

From the Kremlin’s standpoint, the 'Syrian ceasefire' served its political purpose – it forestalled a Turkish ground invasion of Syria

The Syrian ceasefire is a farceThe ceasefire in Syria is unravelling – and that's no surprise. Mohammad Alloush, chief negotiator for the Army of Islam, one of the principal rebel coalitions fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has just stepped down from the Geneva peace talks. In doing so, he criticized the United States and Russia for their inability to enforce “adherence…

COP21 the latest ‘last chance’ for humanity

ISIS and the delegates to COP21 are all purveyors of apocalyptic ideologies

COP21 the latest ‘last chance’ for humanityOliver Tickell, website editor of the British magazine The Ecologist, wondered whether the ISIS attacks in Paris were motivated by a desire to undermine the UN climate summit opening next week, the 21st in the series of Conferences of Parties meetings – COP21 for short. Reducing oil production, one of the goals of COP21, would…

Terrorism a perversion of the human condition

Islamic terrorists are not the only group of religious people who commit violence

Terrorism a perversion of the human condition“La foi n’a rien à voir avec la morale.” Faith has nothing to do with morality. We came upon this piece of graffiti three years ago while in Tournon in southern France. It could have been written yesterday in response to the Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people and wounded…

Canada has no moral choice but to take refugees

"By making Syrian refugees the enemy, we are playing into (the terrorists') hands"

Canada has no moral choice but to take refugeesIf ever there was a lame excuse to turn away Syrian refugees, it is to be found in the straw man that opening our doors to desperate people will allow terrorists to sneak into our country. No question, Justin Trudeau’s pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by Jan. 1, 2016 will strain our authorities to…

Trudeau should push for a Kurdish state

A unified Kurdish state western interests because it would create a moderate majority-Muslim state that is largely pro-western

Trudeau should push for a Kurdish statePrime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau could establish a legacy for himself by helping solve the problem of the world’s largest stateless nation. Trudeau should expend political capital on a newly energized foreign policy goal of unified Kurdish statehood. This state would serve Canadian and western interests. There are about 30 to 32 million Kurds. They are…

Humanitarian compassion a democratic indulgence

Compassion for the suffering of others not often shared by others in the world

Humanitarian compassion a democratic indulgenceThe impact of the chaotic migration from the Middle East to Europe and beyond is more sensed than understood. How, for example, did the migrant crisis come to “dominate debate,” as a recent newspaper headline put it last week, in the Canadian election campaign? A beginning, if not the beginning, lay in U.S. President Barack…