I see, on the CBC News website, that the UK has revoked the citizenship of Jack Letts, known as Jihadi Jack, a young man whose claim to Canadian citizenship is based on the fact that his father, who has lived in the UK for years, is a Canadian national. It not clear that Jack Letts has … Continue reading So now he’s ours
It seems, to me, that no one, no one with a heart, at least, can feel anything but pity for the handful of young children ~ an article in the Globe and Mail says that there are 18 children amongst 33 Canadians ~ being detained, somehow (whatever detained means in the circumstances) in Northeastern Syria. … Continue reading It seems to me …
Back in the 1940s, when we finally finished beating them in battle we hanged the guys who did (and ordered) this sort of thing, or we cheered when our allies hanged 'em ... ... and that was the right and proper thing to do. They were monsters, beyond redemption ... But now it's 2018 and … Continue reading Just asking …
So, there is a very useful, I think, summary of the Danforth shooting by Stewart Bell on Global TV's website. The 'new' bit of the news is that "The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Toronto mass shooting, calling the attacker a “soldier” who was responding to calls to “target citizens of coalition countries.”" But we have … Continue reading What we don’t know
Two things caught my eye the other day. First was this post on social media from the respected American diplomat and commentator Richard Haas: My 'world' was, mostly, defined by those decades when US policy was, I thought, defined by the Truman Doctrine which endured, albeit often largely ignored, from the late 1940s until, I … Continue reading The American Empire
There is a very useful article in the Georgetown Security Studies Review, a publication of Georgetown University's Centre for Security Studies which, pretty much, puts paid to Russian propaganda attempts to suggest that Russia’s advanced S-300 and S-400 air defence systems deployed at its Hmeimim airbase and Tartus naval base actually engaged allied stand off weapons. … Continue reading The operational level of war: Russian air defences in Syria
I see in a report in the Huffington Post (which, by the way, I do NOT regard as a highly reliable source) that "The Indian High Commission says a story being used by Conservatives to attack the federal government over the Jaspal Atwal affair is false ... [and] ... International media reports claimed a bilateral meeting … Continue reading Have Conservatives lost the plot?