Today, 9 April, (it's still 9 April when I post this in Eastern Canada even though it is already 10 April in Europe) is the 103rd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge which was fought from 9 to 12 April, in 1917. Vimy Ridge dominates the Douai plain in North-Eastern France. The Germans had … Continue reading Canada’s Easter Gift to France
The situation in and around the Middle East is horrifically complex and changes fast. A couple of days ago Murray Brewster wrote, for CBC News, that "A NATO team has been meeting at the U.S. State Department in recent days to draft proposals on what an expanded alliance presence in the Middle East would like … Continue reading NATO in the Middle East
Terry Glavin, writing in Maclean's magazine, says, and I fully agree, that "It may well have been capricious in the extreme for Donald Trump’s White House to order that spectacular hit in Iraq, but lets face it: the airstrike target was the Lord of the Flies. He got nothing less than he visited upon countless … Continue reading What next?
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
Murray Brewster, writing on the CBC News website, says that "It may be a world away from NATO, but the Chinese telecom titan Huawei — and the United States' desire to keep it out of the security grid of western democracies — will be a major topic of conversation among allied leaders this week ... … Continue reading Trudeau’s dilemma
Terry Glavin, writing in MacLean's magazine, says that "With Beijing’s most determined allies decisively crushed by a democratic alliance in Hong Kong’s district elections over the weekend, at least somebody’s putting up some kind of a fight against Xi Jinping’s increasingly savage aggression and belligerence. Because it certainly isn’t Canada." He reminds us, as I … Continue reading We need to get Canada up off its knees
The digital newsletter Breaking Defense published this report, a few days ago, on 21 Nov: "Warships from several NATO allies tracked and knocked down ballistic missile targets from the sea for the first time sharing targeting information across a shared alliance network ... [that, alone, is significant; planners and engineers have been talking about this since the … Continue reading Neat and cool and important, too