Hong Kong (9)

A friend sent me the link to this video from Fox News; please pay attention to the remarks by Brigadier General (retired) Robert Spalding of the Hudson Institute at about 1:00 to 1:30. Dr/Gen Spalding is quite right: "A little bit more than 240 years ago, those kids would have been our founding fathers, actually … Continue reading Hong Kong (9)

It’s still nonsense

The Globe and Mail says, yet again, in an editorial, that "it’s time to look at banning these sorts of guns, which are increasingly employed in violent crime in Canada’s cities, and increasingly involved in homicides ... [and] ... These firearms are small, portable and easily concealed. They’re also relatively inaccurate, and have few legal uses. They’re … Continue reading It’s still nonsense

A couple of personal thoughts about Hong Kong

This is the fist of two posts (another will follow, tomorrow) about the situation in Hong Kong. Here are a couple of my, personal, thoughts: First: Xi Jinping cannot lose. The fact that he, his team, anyway, have backed into the wrong position is irrelevant. He is the Paramount Leader (最高領導人); the paramount leaders must … Continue reading A couple of personal thoughts about Hong Kong

Pierre Trudeau’s legacy

I have banged on and on and on, to the annoyance of some of my readers, about how Pierre Elliot Trudeau reshaped Canada, almost entirely, in my considered opinion, for the worse. I have singled out, frequently, his evident distaste for the  Canadian military and his very real isolationism and reluctance to have armed forces, … Continue reading Pierre Trudeau’s legacy

War in the Grey Zone (2) ~ The Battle for Hong Kong

The South China Morning Post reports on an incident that took place a couple of days ago at Hong Kong's international airport. The video clips show that it was, actually a bit of a sideshow in a large and otherwise largely peaceful and incident-free protest in the airport's arrivals hall. It appears to have started … Continue reading War in the Grey Zone (2) ~ The Battle for Hong Kong

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma

Carl Bildt is the former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He co-authored, with Mark Leonard, the recent report ‘From Plaything to Player: How Europe Can Stand Up for Itself in the Next Five Years.' Just the other day he wrote a follow-up for the … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma

A new Hong Kong strategy?

Those who know me, personally, will also know that the ongoing political crisis in Hong Kong is at the top of my mind, but I have refrained from discussing it because I'm not sure I understand enough of the nuances. Maybe I still don't, but here goes ... I think I might understand why the … Continue reading A new Hong Kong strategy?