The bodies were no longer there. Nonetheless pieces of brain, pools of blood and other human remains indicated that a massacre had taken place in the village of Qubair in Syria’s brutalised Hama province. The victims likely included children, according to eyewitness reports. The outrage was preceded by acts of venality and civilian slaughter in [...]
Sometimes fantasy makes more sense than fiction. When looking at the latest developments in the diplomatic standoff between Iran and several Western nations, the words of Gandalf in that epic Lord of The Rings trailer spring to mind. “The board is set”, murmured the White Wizard. “The pieces are moving”.
When you are the most powerful leader in the world, you want to be seen to be manipulating events, not the other way round.
Unfortunately for President Barack Obama, he’s in trouble on the foreign policy front, seven months from a presidential election. At best the situation is unpredictable, at worst, it’s a disaster.
Oh well. Mehdi Hasan said he didn’t understand my question (“Why should the ‘warmongering’ IAEA allow the Iranian government to develop nuclear weapons?”). Then he said he was tired.
So I thought it only polite to end it with an agreement to differ:
You think is is all right for Ahmadinejad to have nuclear weapons. The UN, IAEA [...]
Mehdi Hasan is doing that irritating thing of ringing the doorbell and running away, by accusing me of ringing his doorbell (pictured) and running away.
To recap, he started a fight in the empty room known as Twitter by saying, which had nothing to do with anything, that perhaps I should put “wiped off the map” [...]
Should democracies intervene militarily in Syria or Iran? Not yet, but I have recorded an interview for BBC2 Daily Politics on Monday in which I say that Nato should be ready to assist in the overthrow of Bashar Assad, and that the one thing madder than allowing the Iranian regime to acquire nuclear weapons would be [...]
There are occasions when the language of austerity jars with reality, most notably when it comes to the renewal of Britain’s nuclear arsenal
Sorry to see Mehdi Hasan, who is one of the more thoughtful of the appeasement faction, returning to the scene of his folly.
Recently we had an exchange reviving the very old debate about the 2005 speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which the Iranian President said that Israel must be wiped from the pages of history.
Hasan said that [...]
If President Barack Obama thought he had managed to restrain Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ordering preemptive military strikes on Iran to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon, he might have to try again.
Judging from the prime minister’s speech to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC in Washington, an Israeli attack is coming sooner rather than later. Noting [...]
I am no foreign policy expert, and so until now I have refrained from writing anything about Syria. Until now, I have instead confined myself to tweeting my simultaneous senses of frustration, helplessness and anguish about the situation, whilst faithfully following those on Twitter whom I have deemed better placed, either emotionally or intellectually, to comment on this crisis than I. (I have included here a list of Twitter accounts – some contentious, all compelling – that I have found indispensable to my embryonic understanding of what is going on.)
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