Stratfor: In France, New Attacks Come From Old Problems

Summary: Here Stratfor looks at a seldom-mentioned aspect of the Paris attacks. Their roots lie deep in France's history, allowing large-scale immigration from its colonies to provide cheap labor for its corporations. Just as American has done. But as Frances's Jews discovered, France has little ability to assimilate foreigners. Its slow economic growth makes this … Continue reading Stratfor: In France, New Attacks Come From Old Problems

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Stratfor: A Weakening Islamic State Still Poses a Threat

Summary: Here is a typically skillful but narrow analysis by Stratfor about the uses of terrorism, and especially by ISIS. It ignore the many examples of successful use of terrorism by insurgents (e.g., Zionists), and the s the often-decisive moral dimension of conflict (skillful terrorism can destroy a movement), I agree that ISIS will flame out … Continue reading Stratfor: A Weakening Islamic State Still Poses a Threat

Ahmed Rashid explains why ISIS attacked Paris & where they learned to do so

Summary: Amidst the mad cries for reprisals to the Paris attacks, cries for a wider war and more bloodshed, a few voices speak rationally about the causes of the attacks, our foe's reasoning, and likely ways to end (rather than expand) the war. This essay by Ahmed Rashid is one of the best I've seen. … Continue reading Ahmed Rashid explains why ISIS attacked Paris & where they learned to do so

After Paris: will we think first, or just repeat what’s already failed?

Summary: The call goes out just as it did after 9/11: kill, kill, kill -- more evidence that we've learned nothing from our expensive post-9/11 wars that have set the Middle East aflame. So we'll double down on stupid, testing to see if our great power can overcome our blindness, arrogance, and ignorance.  {1st of … Continue reading After Paris: will we think first, or just repeat what’s already failed?

Stratfor: After Paris, France Contemplates a Reckoning

Summary: Here is Stratfor's follow-up analysis about likely implications of the Paris attacks. Now it's time for the West to double down on stupid, repeating our tactics since 9/11 -- more intensely. Expect few mentions of France's acts of war against the Islamic State, but many calls for revenge against ISIS's unprovoked attacked against innocent … Continue reading Stratfor: After Paris, France Contemplates a Reckoning

Stratfor: What to Expect After the November 13 Paris Attacks

Summary: Here is Stratfor's same day analysis of the terror attack on Paris, and speculation about its implications and what comes next.  {1st of 2 posts today.} What to Expect After the November 13 Paris Attacks Stratfor, 13 November 2015 Summary Update (6:00 CST): According to French media reports, French security forces have stormed and … Continue reading Stratfor: What to Expect After the November 13 Paris Attacks

The unspoken issue of the election: America’s descent into darkness

Summary:  Perhaps the most valuable information, & the most difficult to obtain, is not that about the world, but about ourselves. Hence these posts seeking "mirrors" in which we can see how we have changed and what we've become. This post looks at the results of the war on terror. Not the effects on the … Continue reading The unspoken issue of the election: America’s descent into darkness