Category: Military

Moon over poppy field

Space and the futility of war

The Bush “war” on the Axis of Evil impoverished the USA and set back Mankind’s conquest of space by at least 30 years. Why don’t we join forces with the Chinese, and instead of just aiming at the Moon, work together to unite nations and get humans on Mars?

Hague Dutchbat Verdict should make UN operations more effective

Hague Dutchbat Verdict should make UN operations more effective

Nobody expected judges at The Hague to hold responsible Dutch troops who handed over members of their interpreter’s family to certain torture and execution by Bosnian Serbs at Srebrenica. Until now, troops operating under...

The Hague, justice, international concensus – military arrest missions and a new order?

The Hague, justice, international concensus – military arrest missions and a new order?

Might it become legally possible to mount Special Forces military missions to arrest world leaders charged with serious offences at The Hague?

Falkland Islanders: heads in the sands, or desperate not to rock the boat?

Falkland Islanders: heads in the sands, or desperate not to rock the boat?

Are the Falkland Islander really as sanguine about their future as local press reports claim, in the face of UK’s inept hacking back of the Royal Navy especially its carriers, and the USA’s increasingly pro-Argentine position in relation to their desire to remain British?

Arab “Spring” revolutions turning into regional war.

Arab “Spring” revolutions turning into regional war.

Iran is attempting to use the Arab uprisings to achieve regional supremacy, an achievable aspiration if Syria’s Assad retains power and Gaddafi remains – even if Libya is partitioned. The USA must ensure the Arab spring progresses into summer.

Why do politicians continue to believe that air power on its own can get results?

Why do politicians continue to believe that air power on its own can get results?

As yet gain air power fails to deliver, the USA bows out of the Libyan intervention, leaving European politicians scrambling to find chairs for when the music stops.

An Arab “NATO” with  Nuclear Weapons?

An Arab “NATO” with Nuclear Weapons?

Saudi Emir Turki al-Faisal, director of the King Faisal Center for Islamic Research, has called on the Gulf Cooperation Council to create a united “Gulf” force, which as part of an economic union he...

Air Power, Blame and Nation-Building

Air Power, Blame and Nation-Building

The instant the first Tomahawk or Storm Shadow missile explodes,the back-biting starts; as those countries not actually pulling triggers criticise those that are. The Arab League wants to hedge its bets in case Gadhafi...

Arab-Style Revolution – a better model?

Arab-Style Revolution – a better model?

“Regime-change” has been the rallying cry of western interventions in the arab world. But not in the new wave of internal revolution sweeping the Arab world. Is this maybe a new and more positive...