A few weeks ago I commented on the long (2001 to 2014) Afghanistan campaign ... one hesitates to call it a war; the Canadian Forces were, pretty clearly, at war; Canada was, equally clearly, not. It was Canada's largest and most costly, in both blood and treasure, military operation since Korea (1950 to 1953) but … Continue reading Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)
So, I see that another barricade was erected near Edmonton by another group claiming to stand with the unelected hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, another judge issued another injunction, another premier said the law will be enforced, another police force hummed and hawed, but this time, according to Global News, something was different. … Continue reading This will not solve anything
So, I saw this on social media: According to the Guardian, a reputable albeit somewhat progressive journal, "The [Australian] freight rail operator Aurizon has launched legal action against five environmental activists and is seeking $375,000 in compensation for a series of recent protests that stopped coal trains ... [and] ... Aurizon lodged a statement of claim … Continue reading Great idea! Can it work in Canada?
It's far, far too soon to write the history of the war in Afghanistan. In that regard, I'm reminded of the anecdote about the first meeting of Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai in the run-up to the historic Nixon visit to China. Dr Kissinger, knowing that Zhou Enlai was interested in history, is reputed to … Continue reading Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect
I said, about 18 months ago, that "Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, … Continue reading War in the “grey zone”
The Economist runs a series called 'Open Future' which they describe as "A global conversation on the role of markets, technology and freedom in the 21st century." Recently they featured a book excerpt by Sean McFate, a former American Army officer, and mercenary (private military contractor) and now a scholar (at the National Defense University … Continue reading Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”
This is the fifth of five of my 'thoughts' on diverse strategic issues in the first 10 days of 2019. Well, one was related to the state of democracy in Canada, that's not exactly a matter of great strategic import but it should be of concern to some of us. Look at these maps, please: … Continue reading Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?
A few months ago we saw and read stories, on Global News and in the Toronto Sun, about Canadians who had been Da'esh/ISIL/ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq who had, along with their wives and children, been captured and detained by Kurdish forces. The Kurds want to send them back to Canada (and other 'parent' … Continue reading A study in contrasts
A recent report by the Commission on the National Defense Strategy, which is a panel charged by the United States Congress with making recommendations based upon its (the commission's) analysis related to the published (by the administration) National Defence Strategy, and to the larger geopolitical environment in which that strategy must be executed, says that … Continue reading Restoring the military balance
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development, and Canada's representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Jean-Nicolas Beuze have jointed penned (or, perhaps more accurately their staffs have written) an article in MacLean's magazine that deals with a serious problem ~ refugees ~ and then offers pious, progressive platitudes instead of … Continue reading A deeply flawed approach to a real problem