Waging Peace By Talking to ISIS « Antiwar.com Blog

This article ought to get the macho “John Wayne” types into a stroke……I mean the US had rather kill our enemies into submission than to waste time talking with them…….

I cannot wait for the mental midgets on the Right to see this…..though I am sure that there are those of the Left that are chest thumpers also…..and they should get their panties in a wad also……

If there is a way to end this thing without the loss of more lives then why not try it…..I mean we can go back to killing if it does not work out……..

Is the blood lust so deep that nothing will suffice short of death?  If so, then I seem to recall a time in the 1930’s that this was tried and failed…….

Just a thought.


Waging Peace By Talking to ISIS « Antiwar.com Blog.

Why Hate The United Nations (UN)?

Since I can remember conservs have hated the United Nations…….and they will go on and on about this failure or that……got me to thinking why do so many absolutely hate the UN?

I guess most of it is a monetary thing…….Best Answer:  Most Americans hate it, because we pay the majority of its bills, provide the bulk of its military power and yet are almost universally hated by the very people we try to help…….

That is a typical conserv response…….then there is another view………It’s because the UN is considered to be the epitome of idealistic ideology in that it wishes to create a world order by which nation states must be governed. Of course, since we live in a realistic or real politik world in which nations always strife to be stronger an more powerful than their neighbors, this is not possible.

In the current political order, there is no higher authority than the nation-state, making the UN obsolete.  The UN cannot impose its beliefs or statutes on its members – it can only put a certain degree of pressure on those countries it believes are in the wrong and even then those countries have the option of leaving the UN.  As long as the nation-state survives in its current form (and there is no reason which indicates it will be any different in the foreseeable future) the UN will always be met with a degree of disdain.
You should check up on political theories involving Nationalism, Realism, Mercantalism, Idealism and the Treaty of Westphalia if you want to get the big picture.

There are many opinions on the hate……..but the one that I like is those that say the the organization gets very little of consequence is accomplished………….and there is a good reason for that……the Security Council.

Most countries joined the UN for the same reason……..the hope that their region will somehow be a safe and secure place.  That has not worked out the way that most envisioned in the early days.  And with good reason.

The UN’s role in international collective security is defined by the UN Charter, which authorizes the Security Council to investigate any situation threatening international peace; recommend procedures for peaceful resolution of a dispute; call upon other member nations to completely or partially interrupt economic relations as well as sea, air, postal, and radio communications, or to sever diplomatic relations; and enforce its decisions militarily, or by any means necessary.

A great sounding role, right?  The problem is that the Security Council has 15 members……5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members…..the permanent members are US, Russia, China, UK and France, the world powers, if you will………and any action that the UN wants to do must go through the Security Council and if any ONE permanent member votes NO then the resolution is DEAD.  And there is your problem!

One nation can crap all over a worthwhile attempt to make the world a better place.  If you must hate the UN then hate the five nations that can with a single vote cause a world of problems for the planet.

All that could change and change for the better…….eliminate the power of a single nation on the Security Council.  It is that simple!

The New Containment: Undermining Democracy | World Affairs Journal

From the days of the Cold War…..Containment…..a program to try and stop the advancement of communism across the world…..all my old fart readers will know what I am talking about……

This is an interesting article about the tactic of containment……does it play in today’s world?  Can we contain the spread of radical Islam?

The halting of Communism was the battle against an ideology…….ISIS and others is not an ideology….it is a tactic for domination…..so I ask again…….can we use containment as we did 50 years ago?


The New Containment: Undermining Democracy | World Affairs Journal.

Why Are We in the Middle East? | Common Dreams

In all the years when I was teaching and lecturing on the Middle East there were two questions that I could guarantee would be asked by people in the class……1–Will there ever be peace in the Middle East and 2–Why are we in the Middle East?

This is a good article on the later of the questions and the first one I am working on a piece to explain the peace thing…….

If you have ever wondered why we, the US, is so deeply involved in the Middle East then try this article to help your search……


Why Are We in the Middle East? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

The Epochal Consequences Of Woodrow Wilson’s War | David Stockman’s Contra Corner

Since August of 2014 we have been celebrating the beginning of World War one…..and most historians will agree that the war began the world of today….there are so many things that happened during and after the war that the world would never be the same…..

this article by Stockman defines how Pres, Wilson contributed to that change……


The Epochal Consequences Of Woodrow Wilson’s War | David Stockman’s Contra Corner.