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Don’t expect world peace if war criminals are not punished

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Douter de tout ou tout croire, ce sont deux solutions également commodes, qui l’une et l’autre nous dispensent de réfléchir. To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection. Henri […]

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Should America kill everyone for “democracy” in Syria?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Nous ne pouvons arracher une seule page de notre vie, mais nous pouvons jeter le livre au feu. We cannot tear a single page from our life, but we can throw the whole book into the fire. Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin The […]

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Countdown to NATO defeat and withdrawal in Afghanistan?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

… il n’est rien creu si fermement que ce qu’on sçait le moins, … Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know. Michel de Montaigne When Afghanistan was first invaded by US forces in 2001 and beyond, […]

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Putin the peacemaker?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Mon siège est fait. My siege is finished. René-Aubert Vertot The vilification of Vladimir Putin in the media makes us blind to the good he does. Unlike the US, which supports failed rebel groups in Syria who are killing one another, the Russian […]

Do moderate Islamic politics have a future in Europe?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

J’ai un but, une tâche, disons le mot, une passion. Le métier d’écrire en est une violente et presque indestructible. I have an object, a task, let me say the word, a passion. The profession of writing is a violent […]

Nuclear deal won’t end the aggression against Iran

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’homme n’est rien, l’oeuvre – tout The man is nothing, the work – all Gustave Flaubert The nuclear deal reached by Iran with world powers won’t put an end to conspiracies to wage a war of aggression against Iran. The […]

American foreign policy fails again: US-trained Syrian rebels dead

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Qui dépense trop n’est jamais riche. Those who spend too fast never grow rich. Honoré de Balzac The US government’s supposed new plan to take over Syria by arming a small group of rebels ended in them all getting killed […]

How to defeat or tame an ISIL

posted by Harry J. Bentham

O Liberté, que de crimes on commet en ton nom! O Liberty, how many crimes are committed in thy name! Madame Roland What I am about to argue may seem crazy, but events in the Middle East have become so […]

Turkey joins anti-ISIL coalition and bombs anti-ISIL fighters

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La pensée ne doit jamais se soumettre, ni à un dogme, ni à un parti, ni à une passion, ni à un intérêt, ni à une idée préconçue, ni à quoi que ce soit, si ce n’est aux faits eux-mêmes […]

War on Iran would cause, not prevent, nuclear apocalypse

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme. Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed. Antoine Lavoisier Opponents of the nuclear energy deal between world powers and the Islamic Republic of Iran are obsessed with […]

Obama loses three wars and trillions of dollars by opposing Putin

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’on peut me réduire à vivre sans bonheur, Mais non pas me résoudre à vivre sans honneur. I can be forced to live without happiness, But I will never consent to live without honor. Pierre Corneille At this moment, the […]

Return of the “Assad gassed his people” lie?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Qui ne sent point assez ferme de memoire, ne se doit pas mêler d’être menteur. Who is not sure of his memory should not attempt lying. Michel de Montaigne The hole in this latest conspiracy theory is that Bashar al-Assad […]

“Black Pride” vs. “White Pride”?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Une société sans religion est comme un vaisseau sans boussole A society without religion is like a ship without a compass Napoleon Bonaparte Should anti-racists condemn Black racism (where it can legitimately be proven to exist) against white people? Above: […]

Third Worldists vs. Neoconservatives

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Le colonialisme n’est pas une machine à penser, n’est pas un corps doué de raison. Colonialism is not a thinking machine, is not a body endowed with reason. Frantz Fanon Should antistatists and anti-nationalists in the West condemn, ignore or support small […]

My work at Press TV: the end?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il vaut mieux hasarder de sauver un coupable que de condamner un innocent. It is better to risk sparing a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. Voltaire To terminate any potential speculation about my reasons for no longer […]

Why doesn’t the US just carpet-bomb ISIL and get it over with?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Parce qu’ils n’aiment personne, ils croient qu’ils aiment Dieu. Because they do not like anyone, they believe they love God. Charles Péguy While I mostly criticize US foreign policy, the elimination of ISIL seems like one goal that all civilized […]

America and Black hate: is it so easy to blame oppressed people for violence?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il suffit d’ajouter “militaire” à un mot pour lui faire perdre sa signification. Ainsi la justice militaire n’est pas la justice, la musique militaire n’est pas la musique. It suffices to add “military” to a word for it to lose […]

“Islamic State” is too good for its own Prophet?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ce qui embellit le désert, dit le petit prince, c’est qu’il cache un puits quelque part. What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well. Antoine de Saint Exupéry The so-called “Islamic State” infesting Syria and Iraq, […]

Saudi Arabia’s trail of foolishness, hypocrisy and mistakes from Syria to Yemen

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Les hommes de guerre sont des fléaux du monde. Men of war are the scourge of the world. Guy de Maupassant The Saudis and their allies are usually a puzzle when it comes to foreign policy. In their reaction to events […]

Attack ideas, not people

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je meurs en adorant Dieu, en aimant mes amis, en ne haïssant pas mes ennemis et en détestant la superstition. I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. Voltaire Returning to the subject of […]

“Free speech”, featuring elitist lies and censorship of the oppressed

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’histoire nous libère des entraves History frees us from the shackles Henri-Irénée Marrou In a place of elite commentary and closed exclusive media with no reader engagement, is there freedom of speech? Image used at my column based with Iran’s […]

The case for Assad: democracy is ideal, but the situation in Syria is far from ideal

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Hélas! tout est abîme, — action, désir, rêve, Parole! Everything, alas, is an abyss, — actions, desires, dreams, Words! Charles Baudelaire Even as the war in Syria (more like the war on Syria, as squabbling foreign powers try to plot the country’s […]

The American Sniper is lower than a criminal thug

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La grandeur du crime est la seule différence qu’il y ait entre un conquérant et un brigand. The magnitude of the crime is the only difference there is between a conqueror and a robber. Jean-Paul Marat Governments and their hit-men aren’t […]

Billions on “democratization” buy new dictators for the people of Egypt and Ukraine

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il arrivera, donc. ce moment où le soleil n’éclairera plus. sur la terre. que des hommes libres. et ne reconnaissant d’autre maître que leur raison. It will happen, then, in the moment the sun is brightest upon the world, that […]

The war on terror is over: we lost

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La guerre est toujours le premier vœu d’un gouvernement puissant qui veut devenir plus puissant encore. War is always the first wish of a powerful government that wants to become even more powerful. Maximilien de Robespierre The war on terror […]

Charlie Hebdo’s freedom of speech was never violated, it simply had consequences

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ce que l’on conçoit bien, s’énonce clairement, Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément. What is well designed, is expressed clearly, and the words to say it come easily. Nicolas Boileau The concept of freedom of speech seems to […]

Recommendations from the Order: Robert Wei’s politics and culture blog

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu. Hypocrisy is an homage that vice pays to virtue. François de La Rochefoucauld I have a new viewpoint article due to appear at Press TV soon, but in the […]

To be or not to be Charlie Hebdo: when being a politically correct coward is brave

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Au bout d’un ou deux siècles d’exploitation se produit une véritable émaciation du panaroma culturel With one or two centuries of exploitation comes a thorough emaciation of the cultural landscape. Frantz Fanon All of us regret the tragic loss of life in the […]

On the Cards: antistatism as a sound political life, not another ideological house of cards

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Toutes les fois que je donne une place vacante, je fais cent mècontents et un ingrat. Every time that I fill a high office, I make one hundred men discontented and one ungrateful. Louis XIV Anarchism is many things, and […]

United States of Asphyxiation: exceptional torture, or torturous exceptionalism?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Vous dites que vous êtes mon juge, avisez-vous bien de ce que vous faites, car en vérité, je suis envoyée de par Dieu et vous vous mettez en grand danger. You say that you are my judge. I do not […]

Snowden’s actions put 007 at risk. Also, who cares?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Le Mal est dans la chose même et le remède est violent. Il faut porter la cognée à la racine. The solution to evil is violent. We must take the hatchet to the root. Jean-Paul Marat The heads of the National […]

NATO: casting a nuclear shadow over humanity, subverting peace in our time

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La politique, quand elle est un art et un service, non point une exploitation, c’est une action pour un idéal à travers des réalités. Politics, when it is an art and a service, not an exploitation, is about acting for […]

ISIS isn’t Islamic, as the Lord’s Resistance Army isn’t Christian

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Sans la logique, on a des opinions, on a pas de croyances. Without logic, we have opinions, we have no beliefs. Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray Above: Joseph Kony and top officers from his “Lord’s Resistance Army”. Would the Christians who think Islam is a violent […]

The Ottawa Shooting: will Canada die too, or discover it doesn’t exist?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je n’admets ni la notion de maîtrise ni l’universalité de la loi. I admit neither the notion of a master nor the universality of his law. Michel Foucault My most recent publication is an essay at ClubOfINFO, titled A Viral […]

Turkey’s targets in Syria and Iraq: Kurdish “terrorists”?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La foi que j’aime le mieux, dit Dieu, c’est l’espérance. The faith that I love the best, says God, is hope. Charles Péguy First, I would like to alert readers to my full bibliography page at Beliefnet, with a complete […]

Emaciation, intervention, aggression: Syria

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Au bout d’un ou deux siècles d’exploitation se produit une véritable émaciation du panaroma culturel With one or two centuries of exploitation comes a thorough emaciation of the cultural landscape. Frantz Fanon In considering a new opinion piece for my Press TV column at […]

Hollande’s Syria comments: evil or stupid?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Bachar al-Assad est l’allié objectif des jihadistes Bashar al-Assad is the de facto ally of the jihadists (fighting to oust him) Francois Hollande Normally, I preface my posts on this blog with something wise from great French politicians and scholars, […]

ISIL is whose fault?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Aime la vérité, mais pardonne à l’erreur. Love truth, but pardon error. Voltaire In considering what will be the subject of my September article at my Press TV column, I have quite a selection of subjects to choose from. The first […]

Previous Posts

Don't expect world peace if war criminals are not punished
Douter de tout ou tout croire, ce sont deux solutions également commodes, qui l'une et l'autre nous dispensent de réfléchir. To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity ...

posted 11:00:29pm Aug. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Should America kill everyone for "democracy" in Syria?
Nous ne pouvons arracher une seule page de notre vie, mais nous pouvons jeter le livre au feu. We cannot tear a single page from our life, but we can throw the whole book into the fire. Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin The US has decided ...

posted 11:00:23pm Aug. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Is immigration good or bad?
The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny. Le gouvernement de la révolution est le despotisme de la liberté contre la tyrannie. Robespierre Conversations in the media about Donald Trump's ...

posted 11:00:26pm Aug. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Countdown to NATO defeat and withdrawal in Afghanistan?
... il n'est rien creu si fermement que ce qu'on sçait le moins, ... Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know. Michel de Montaigne When Afghanistan was first invaded by US forces in 2001 and beyond, most voices in ...

posted 10:00:05am Aug. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Putin the peacemaker?
Mon siège est fait. My siege is finished. René-Aubert Vertot The vilification of Vladimir Putin in the media makes us blind to the good he does. Unlike the US, which supports failed rebel groups in Syria who are killing one ...

posted 11:00:06pm Aug. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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