US Strikes and Iran’s Response

Earlier this week, the United States fired a missile which killed the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani. Less reported, but almost as significant, is that the missile also killed the leader of the largest militia group in Iraq with whom Soleimani was meeting.

Immediately after the strikes, politics stepped in and bitter partisans started making comments, issuing press releases either saying the missile strike was the greatest thing ever or that it was the first step toward World War III.  With a couple of days perspective, the situation and the responses have become a bit clearer, as has all the political posturing back and forth

And as usual, the truth is more nuanced. Continue reading “US Strikes and Iran’s Response”

Turkey Continues Drift Away From Its NATO Allies

Turkey is a country that is not often in the news in the US. Although it has been a NATO ally since 1951, two years after the alliance’s founding, in recent years the country’s President has taken Turkey down a path that is troubling and is growing even more so.

Turkey shares a border with both Russia and Syria, so it is strategically located and played a critical role during the Cold War. It is the only Muslim-majority country in NATO but has historically had a secular government that has respected freedoms, honored democratic institutions and whose policies have been driven by national interest rather than by religion. Continue reading “Turkey Continues Drift Away From Its NATO Allies”

Turkey-A NATO Member That’s Becoming Troubling

The President of Turkey has turned to outlawing journalists who speak against the government, and imprisoning political opponents. A move toward authoritarianism by a member of NATO is worrisome.

In an guest editorial, there also is a question as to why the President indulges the whims of the increasingly questionable government of Turkey.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2019/11/28/trumppardon-turkey-073704

 

 

Trump’s Troubles Increase Exponentially

Yesterday during impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified that he had been told President Donald Trump would withhold previously promised military aid to the Ukraine until it publicly declared investigations would be launched that could help his reelection chances — including into former Vice President Joe Biden. Continue reading “Trump’s Troubles Increase Exponentially”

China Is Still Bad, And Communism Is Still Evil

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square protests in China. On this day in 1989, the Chinese government mobilized the armed forces to put down peaceful protests, killing hundreds and wounding thousands in Tiananmen Square and around other parts of the city of Beijing. The brutal crackdown on protesters was followed by the imposition of martial law across the country, mass arrests, expelling of foreign journalists, and a purge of Communist Party officials who were thought to be sympathetic to the protests.

About two weeks ago was also the anniversary of the ‘Cultural Revolution’ in China, where the founder of the Communist Revolution in China, Chairman Mao, announced that he had directed that the country be purged of remaining opponents of the Communist Party. This was a massive crack down, lasting for years, that touched every part of Chinese society. An estimated two million people were killed, and tens of millions of people were forcibly taken from their homes and relocated to the countryside, in an attempt to rid the cities of the educated and upper classes for no reason other than they were educated and so considered ‘capitalists’.

These two anniversaries are reminders of the roots of the Communist regime that rules China. Unfortunately, not much has changed in how the Chinese government deals with dissent, or potential dissent, that they view as a threat to their power. Continue reading “China Is Still Bad, And Communism Is Still Evil”