Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)

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)

Great idea! Can it work in Canada?

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?

Failing the test

The Gatestone Institute is a strongly conservative, pro-Zionist and some say anti-Muslim, American think tank founded by Nina Rosenwald and headed, for a time, by John Bolton. Ms Rosenwald comes by her Zionism honestly, she is the heiress to the Sears, Roebuck fortune and, equally, heiress to a long tradition of Rosenwald philanthropy that included, … Continue reading Failing the test

The Trump Peace Plan

On the subject of the Trump Mideast Peace Plan, I agree with both The Economist which says, "as a blueprint for a two-state solution it was dead on arrival," and with the Globe and Mail's Mark MacKinnon who writes that "President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan ... aims to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost … Continue reading The Trump Peace Plan

Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

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

The everlasting prejudice (2)

I wish I didn't have to raise this issue again, but ... Several months ago I commented on the rise of anti-Semitism in America and Europe, on both the political left and right wings. Now I see, in an Associated Press report that  "Jewish leaders in the Lithuanian capital are indefinitely closing the city's sole … Continue reading The everlasting prejudice (2)