With respect to the well-known noxious behaviour of successive Colombian administrations towards their own people the United States has laboured to absolve these governments in its economic use of diplomatic language, and where this has not been possible it has acquiesced to the demands of critics Stateside to the inclusion of human rights provisos in trade and aid deals with the Colombian government.
After two decades of continuing demilitarisation, the past half-decade has seen both Russia and the United States dramatically increase their defence budgets as their relations with one another have deteriorated.
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.
Everywhere I have travelled on this island people have been keen to welcome me as a fellow Celt and assure me of how similar our two countries are. They’re not that similar. At bottom the Scots and the Irish think differently.
In one respect we can see the Syrian refugees as economic migrants, as there is a hell of a lot of outside money being put on the table, and it is their lives that are at stake.
An obvious solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine would be the complete expulsion or the slaughter of the Palestinian population. It has been done before, and it can even pay for itself.