Never forget how this started: the spontaneous outbreak of peaceful protest. A people brutalised by decades of dictatorship and harsh repressions, in solidarity with the revolutionaries of the Arab Spring, saw a slim chance for freedom, and took it. They – the people – filled ancient cities with chanting, and song. This, the dictatorship could … Continue reading Brief History of a Lie
I recommend watching the Sky News interview with the ISIS defector who witnessed the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was killed by Mohammed Emwazi. The defector’s job was to provide hostages with reassurances, in order to keep them calm. They would do many mock executions, complete with speeches, so that the hostage would … Continue reading Spare a Thought for Kenji Goto
If I could change one thing about the world, it would be to remove – permanently remove – the highly cultivated assumption of moral superiority from those who exhibit an ‘anti-war’ or non-interventionist position. I put ‘anti-war’ in scare quotes because, as we shall see, those who think this way are rarely as impartial or … Continue reading Revolution Fatigue and the Betrayal of Syria
Back in 1986, around the time the US was busy bombing locations in Tripoli and Benghazi in response to a terrorist attack in a Berlin discothèque that killed two American military personnel, there was a joke doing the rounds at my school. A kid would approach you in the playground and ask if you’d heard … Continue reading The Ogre’s Last Stand: Qadhafi Dead or Alive
The man’s search for a tyrannical Fatherland never ends Christopher Hitchens I imagine I am not alone when I freely confess to having taken a great deal of satisfaction watching the British National Party leader Nick Griffin receive a roasting on Question Time 12 months ago, even as I winced a little at the unfairness … Continue reading On the Pleasure of Hating George Galloway
A thought provoking and troubling read that is all the more powerful for being so reasonably argued. Here Grayling sets about a moral examination of the Allied bombing campaign during WW2 with his usual calm and clarity. The Allied campaign, and, by implication, the Allied powers, don’t emerge looking particularly healthy under such penetrating illumination. … Continue reading REVIEW: “Among the Dead Cities” by A. C. Grayling.
Part 1 Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of chaos. About that, I think we can all be agreed. The NATO mission there has reached an impasse. It is losing both men and ground to the insurgents, and it is propping up a regime that is looking decidedly ineffectual and whose legitimacy has been seriously … Continue reading WHY WE (SHOULD) FIGHT: The people of Afghanistan are the moral leaders of our time. (Nov 2009)