This titanomachic conflict in Syria already amounts to what is a world war in miniature, the product of which is the single largest displacement of refugees in human history.
These winner-takes-all games, like poker, in the end lead only to a show-down. As the geographical expansion of states has come to an end, the only avenues now available for expansion are consumption and finance. Rising population dictates increased use of oil, therefore increasing demand.
For the most part the real power-brokers of today remain behind the scenes, or in the White House hidden in plain sight. Such people are the custodians of real power, and are the people responsible for the longer term strategic ambitions of the state.
The US has systematically flouted international and human rights law, and has made it a matter of policy to antagonise Putin’s Russia, North Korea, Iran, and every other country that resists freedom and democracy (code for US domination).
This need to have a gun for protection from the bands of merciless cannibals who roam freely about every street in every town and city in America, and from “the government,” is a survivalist fantasy that gives away the country’s enduring fetishisation of the gun and every kind of violence.
International law, strictly speaking, is a powerful and inter-state legal fiction. It does not exist in any real and meaningful sense outside of the political will and strategic necessity of the countries or collections of countries with the strength and desire to enforce it.
Follow @UrFhasaidh Everyone in the liberal press has become excited over the past decade or so by the rise in far-right political movements across Europe and North America, and with good reason. Racism, Antisemitism, and Islamophobia are very much in vogue in certain quarters. This is a problem no one can overlook or indeed underestimate, … Continue reading Global Politics: A Severe Weather Warning
Few would argue that peace is an undesirable outcome of international intervention in any regional or national conflict, but there are many differing constructions or models of peace, and one must ask whether that created or imposed by the UN is the best of all possible peaces.