Updates about hot issues discussed on the FM website

Some articles about themes discussed on the FM website. Demographics, shaping our world India  Japan American's greatest enemy America's rotten boroughs -- States with 2 Senators, but few people (1)  About Demographics Excerpt from "Falling fertility", The Economist, 29 October 2009 -- "Astonishing falls in the fertility rate are bringing with them big benefits" SOMETIME in … Continue reading Updates about hot issues discussed on the FM website

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Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”

Today's post examines advice to us from historian Steven Pressfield: "The real enemy in Afghanistan isn't Islamism or jihadism. It's tribalism. ... Can we Westerners impose 'citizen values' on a tribal society?"  (from his website) Some people say our real enemy in Afghanistan is their religion.  Pressfield says our enemy is their form of society.  Both sides agree that they cannot … Continue reading Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”

The simple, fool-proof plan for victory in Afghanistan

The plan for victory in Afghanistan is simple and sure: stabilizing the country by garrisoning the main routes, major cities, airbases and logistics sites; relieving the Afghan government forces of garrison duties and pushing them into the countryside to battle the resistance; providing logistic, air, artillery and intelligence support to the Afghan forces; providing minimum … Continue reading The simple, fool-proof plan for victory in Afghanistan