Hugh McManners Blog

Surveillance Technology ‘versus” Terrorists Experiment

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VwvUJhvUqE Colgate University begins work on the relative effectiveness of  aerial drone surveillance equipment, against unskilled “terrorists” equipped only with mobile phones. Their ‘experiment’ used students who’d been given several weeks to work out how to...

USA Fighting the Wrong Wars

Using military force requires considerable thought beforehand. Planning for afterwards doesn’t seem to be part of the USA’s war-fighting approach. The Americans invaded Iraq with no plan for rebuilding the country, and so created what seems...

Remove Dictators to Create Monsters

Once the suppressive force of a regime is removed, countries like Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan have no mechanisms to stop extremists filling the vacuum.  There are worse things than dictators. The CIA’s funding of...

Russians are Not Fools!

TIME and other US news outlets are trying to present Russian people as believing all the various internet nonsense stories that incidents like the Malaysian Airlines tragedy invariably create.  That MH17 was loaded with dead...

ISIS Extremism is a Good Thing

The big danger with ISIS  is if ordinary people take them seriously.   It’s clear that the radicalisation of their followers is crude and extreme; even Osama Bin Laden urged them to temper their ruthlessness....

The Threat of Kittens

TS Elliot measured his life in coffee spoons. It seems these days we express ours in terms of kittens. This use of irrelevance to give meaning to life reminds me of a woman who...

D-Day and Media Enthusiasm for War

The poignant D-Day remembrance ceremonies have as ever been turned into a media circus. The BBC has trotted out the same tired old formulae they use at such events synonymous with Royal Weddings, Trooping...