A tenuous ceasefire went into effect on Saturday in Syria where the skies are momentarily free of Russian warplanes. Virtually no one thinks the deal will hold as Russia and Hezbollah have reserved the right to hit al-Nusra, which operates in many of the same areas as the "moderate" rebels that are subject to the agreement. As for the opposition, they, like a HY manager in a junk bond rout, fear they're "headed towards being liquidated."
There are few good reasons to go to war, but the US faces the danger of being dragged into World War III for the worst of reasons. In Syria, the US will either fold or go all in. On past form, it will choose the latter and rue it ever after. Few Americans, inside or outside the government, realize either that those are the choices or that the stakes are so high. Sadly, such realizations may come only when their sons and daughters are drafted, or as the image of a mushroom cloud fills the screens of their mobile devices.
"Leaving a dead pig with the words 'Mutti Merkel' on it isn't just tasteless, but demonstrates fundamental failings of democratic education and conviction"...
Don't look now, but Europe's migration commissioner has just slapped an expiration data on the EU: it's 10 days from now. If no concrete progress is made by the time EU officials convene a summit with Turkey early next month, Brussels says "the whole system will completely break down."
“When a minor comes to Belgium have to explain what the normal ways of treating women here in Flanders [are]," a Red Cross spokeswoman says, describing a course the organization offers to new refugees. We're not entirely sure what "the normal ways of treating women in Flanders" are, but we're reasonably certain they don't involve taking caterers into the basement and raping them.
“Greece will not accept unilateral actions. Greece can also carry out unilateral actions. Greece will not accept becoming Europe’s Lebanon, a warehouse of souls, even if this were to be done with major [EU] funding.”
Turkish truck driver "Ali D's" wife wouldn't stop cursing at Recep Tayyip Erdogan when the President appeared on television. "Record it and file a complaint" if you don't like it, she said, daring her husband to take the issue up with the courts. So that's just what Ali D. did.
"Was that you, the ones with a torch?"...
Were Turkey to send ground troops into Syria, NATO officials are increasingly concerned that the alliance could get dragged into a direct armed conflict with the Russians. Recent shelling of the Azaz corridor by Ankara underscores the fact that Erdogan would rather be defeated in battle than allow Russia to roll up rebels at Aleppo and proclaim vitctory. That sets the stage for an epic confrontation between the Czar and the Sultan.
"Yes. We believe that introducing surface-to-air missiles in Syria is going to change the balance of power on the ground. It will allow the moderate opposition to be able to neutralize the helicopters and aircraft that are dropping chemicals and have been carpet-bombing them."
"Some 92% of those unaccompanied migrants were male last year... there is definitely something strange going on. More than half of the world’s refugees are women. In World War II, when Sweden took refugees from Finland, they were children and 90% were below the age of 10. But now almost all of them are late teenagers – supposedly; we know many are older for a fact... If you have an open door policy and you are incentivizing Afghans to take advantage of the system, can you really blame them?"
Many commentators have mentioned that Hillary Clinton left behind no major achievement as the U.S. Secretary of State; but, actually, she did. Unfortunately, all of her major achievements were bad, and some were catastrophic. Six countries were especially involved: Honduras, Haiti, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. The harm she did to each country was not in the interest of the American people, and it was disastrous for the residents there. Hillary Clinton at every campaign debate says “I have a better track-record,” and that she’s “a progressive who gets things done.” Here’s what she has actually done when she was Secretary of State...
Yes, we know, this is a “conspiracy theory,” and therefore we aren’t allowed to consider it, let alone examine the facts that back it up. Nations never engage in conspiracies, and government officials never lie. But, Trump has ripped the bandage off the gaping and still suppurating wound of that ill-begotten war, and the howls of rage and pain are being heard on both sides of the political spectrum.