Tag: syria

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…

Delusion, part two

That was the ceasefire that was:forget it, let it go. I suppose  the US State department can give themselves a pat on the back, after all the ceasefire did come into effect 2200UTC on Friday, and it lasted all of about…

Delusion–part one:

delusion:1) a mistaken or misleading opinion, belief, idea etc 2) psychiatry a belief held in the face of evidence to the contrary, that is resistant to all reason My thanks to the Collins English Dictionary (Millennium edition) for the above definition. The…

And now for the football results

Moscow Dynamo–Three——Washington Wonderers—–Nil To be honest, it wasn’t even a close match. In the opening minutes, Moscow Dynamo’s energetic centre forward, President (Vlad the Invader) Putin adroitly blindsided the entire Washington team and annexed the Crimea. Washington team captain President…

Beware the smiling bear

Vlad the Invader, Russia’s President Putin, freed from the bothersome necessity of having to fight any meaningful election campaigns, has been playing a long game. After successfully annexing the Crimea and cowing any Crimean opposition by the tried and tested, Stalinist…

Strange bedfellows

Oh what a tangled web we weave: The BBC have been airing a series of programmes this week about Syrian refugees. In the main, presenter Mishal Husain has been doing a balanced job. Until this morning when it became subtly…

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…

Gaza: possibly peace but at what price?

A brief history. There is a lot of rubbish being written about the current conflict in Gaza and I’ll be addressing some of that later on. For the moment, in the interests of being able to see the wood for the…

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…