Tag: Iraq

Also Sprach Boris

A mutton-headed old Mugwump: in a weak moment Theresa agreed that Boris could come out to play with the others, provided he wasn’t rude to anybody, provided he didn’t promise anything, and provided he said exactly what he was told…

Donald and the Conspiracists

No this isn’t the name of a post-punk rock band, and before I go any further I must tell you this is neither fake news nor real news, it is an opinion piece. Conspiracists read on.   I think most…

The World according to Kilgore

Just to recap: Russia is in the process of invading Ukraine and Putin is, outwardly at least, convinced that he will get away with it. The West is resolutely backing the wrong horse in Syria, with the CIA ‘secretly’ training…

Turkey votes for Christmas

  Some commentators might be tempted to greet the news that the Turkish government has decided to allow Nato–read America and possibly Australia–to use air bases in Turkey to launch airstrikes against ISL forces in Northern Syria as a good…

Doubts and dithering in a dangerous world

Democracy in action. Today, Friday 26th September, ‘Mother of all Parliaments’ will be taking a momentous vote. It is not the subject of the vote–to bomb ISIS in Iraq or not–that is momentous, rather it is the fact that a…

Time for a long, cool look in the mirror

Genocide: According to the Oxford dictionary ‘the mass extermination of human beings, especially  of a particular race or nation.’ Despite the opinions voiced, or rather shouted, in some corners, this is not what is happening in Gaza but it is what…

Remind me, exactly why wasn’t Blair impeached?

Over the last twelve hours or so, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (Our Tone) has been frantically engaged in two endeavours. The first is to demonstrate his complete lack of understanding of Middle Eastern affairs. As his presumed (we’re not allowed…

And so it begins….

The start of the break-up of Syria: On November 8th, Jonathan Spyer wrote an article entitled ‘Defending Rojava’. It’s an interesting article in that it clearly states that there are currently  three, as he put it inter-locking wars in Syria.…