What the Hell is Obama Doing? Why hasn’t Assad been bombed yet?

Reasonable people can disagree about the merits of intervening in the Syrian conflict.  As I said before, I’m not all that keen on helping the Syrian opposition win, since it’s not obvious that they’re better than the Assad government.  Frankly, if either side wins outright, the likely outcome is the mass slaughter and exodus of the losers, meaning that the “best” result is that both sides slug it out for a few more years before negotiating a peace agreement that slices up Syria like a Christmas goose along religious and ethnic lines (i.e., the Yugoslavia solution).  That’s not a good result, since in the meantime tens of thousands (or more) Syrians (mostly civilians) will die, but in this fight there are no “good” outcomes, just better or worse outcomes.

But when it comes to punishing the Assad government for its use of chemical weapons, that’s a whole different story, which makes the fact that the Obama administration is waiting until, at least, next week, to unleash the hounds all the more baffling. Continue reading “What the Hell is Obama Doing? Why hasn’t Assad been bombed yet?”

What colour is the sky in Thomas Walkom’s world?

Did anyone else catch this seriously weird piece by Thomas Walkom in the weekend’s Star? Titled “It’s time to end the Korean War” it offers Walkom’s penetrating insight that the only way to defuse the tensions on the Korean Peninsula is to “negotiate and sign a real peace treaty with Pyongyang”.  Isn’t that brilliant? Thank Christ we have Thomas Walkom arround to give us such pearls of wisdom.  Do you think the Nobel Prize committee is accepting nominations yet, because surely Walkom is a contender? (Although, given some of the past winners, that isn’t saying much).

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Israel, India and the Double Standard.

I stumbled across a couple of articles in today’s papers which inadvertently highlighted the double standard that the world community, and in particular, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (the BDS movement, which sounds an awful lot like an intestinal ailment) has towards Israel.

On the one hand, there was Vivian Bercovici’s piece in the Star highlighting the distortions of reality employed by proponents of the BDS Movementi n their campaign to delegitimize Israel.    As Ms. Bercovici chronicles, proponents of the BDS movement routinely accuse Israel of being guilty of apartheid, genocide and, generally, crimes against humanity as a result of its treatment of the Palestinians.

OK, but then we have Tairah Firdous and Brett House’s piece in the National Post, chronicling the mistreatment of Kashmiri civilians at the hands of the Indian Army.  According to them:

India’s grip on Kashmir is literally overkill: Some 70,000 Kashmiri civilians have died at the hands of India’s security forces since 1989. Their excesses go broadly unpunished. India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act gives the forces extraordinary powers to arrest people without obtaining a warrant, and to shoot first and ask questions later, all under immunity from prosecution. All of which goes largely unnoticed in the West.

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Will Someone PLEASE Tell Mitt Romney to Shut Up?

So 60 Minutes broadcast an interview with Mitt Romney last night.  If anyone wants to know why Mitt Romney is losing the presidential election, I give you the money (no pun intended) quote:

Scott Pelley: Now, you made on your investments, personally, about $20 million last year. And you paid 14 percent in federal taxes. That’s the capital gains rate. Is that fair to the guy who makes $50,000 and paid a higher rate than you did?

Romney: It is a low rate. And one of the reasons why the capital gains tax rate is lower is because capital has already been taxed once at the corporate level, as high as 35 percent.

Pelley: So you think it is fair?

Romney: Yeah, I think it’s the right way to encourage economic growth, to get people to invest, to start businesses, to put people to work.

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It’s Better To Be Respected Than Loved: US Foreign Policy and the Embassy Attacks

This is the first post dealing with Tuesday’s murderous attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, in which 4 American diplomats, including the US ambassador to Libya, and the storming of the US embassy compound in Cairo.   At some point I’l put together a post about what the reaction to the film that allegedly started the latest round of unrest says about the Arab world, but for now I want to talk about what the attack on the US Embassy in Cairo.  Although the attack on the Benghazi consulate was the bloodier of the two assaults, the assault on the embassy in Cairo tells us more about the failure of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

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September 3, 2012 – Week in Review

More Republicans, Harvard and, oh my god, Bob’s got something good to say about the Muslim Brotherhood and the UN!  At the same time!!  Here’s a look back at some of the more interesting stories from last week (yeah, I’m late, hey it’s a long weekend).

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Classic Bob – Do you Feel Safer?

Someone asked me to start posting some of my original – Classic Bob – email rants which inspired this blog.  Here’s one first prepared June 28, 2011, in response to yet another story of US TSA officers harassing innocent air travellers:

Here’s the story of the TSA standing behind it’s security officer who forced a 95-year  old woman to remove her adult diaper so that they could check her.

Where to begin?

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