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Syria ceasefire is a route to peace

posted by Harry J. Bentham

As soon as you hear “Russia broke the Syria ceasefire”, remember the ceasefire was Russia’s idea. “Russkies” might make good villains in entertainment, but they have nothing to gain by breaking an agreement they set up. Aggressive critics of the recent Syria ceasefire, which […]

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Syrian opposition’s hopeless peace

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Although the Syrian conflict needs to end, I agree with other analysts that the current uninspiring peace talks are probably not the solution.  One side, the “rebels”, is dramatically losing the battle and it seems like they are only negotiating […]

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Accepting refugees admits west’s guilt

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The reason our countries in the so-called west have an exceptional burden to accommodate refugees from the world’s conflict zones is because of an implicit admission of grave, very grave guilt. We admit that we destroyed the countries whose people […]

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Erdogan’s war on Kurds and everyone else

posted by Harry J. Bentham

According to a credible analysis from Vijay Prashad for The Hindu, which concurs with the views of many other writers, the Erdogan government in Turkey restarted the conflict with the Kurdish people and is responsible for killing many civilians. It jeopardises the […]

Saudi Arabia’s not-so-Sunni world

posted by Harry J. Bentham

More than ever, the monarchical government of Saudi Arabia is portraying itself as the saviour of the Sunni world (the Sunnis being the largest denomination of Muslims, for readers unfamiliar with this topic). Don’t buy into the idea that a narrow, unrepresentative monarchy can […]

Hillary Clinton the destroyer

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I write this hoping Americans will consider carefully who will want them to vote for which 2016 presidential candidate, and why. The people backing up Hillary Clinton are not ordinary Americans, and the people trying to portray her in a positive […]

Lies about Islam being in perpetual warfare

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Because others insist on repeating wrong ideas, allow me to repeat what I know to be correct. In Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere there is not a “sectarian war” among Muslims in any sense. The inflammatory remark that […]

Stop the War Coalition hypocrisy? I think not

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Quite recently, I tweeted that the Stop the War Coalition is correct to only criticise the wars backed and endorsed by the British government. I was praising an article by John Wight. There is no Stop the War Coalition hypocrisy […]

Syria and the Third World War?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Images of a possible Third World War are often invoked by people warning about confrontations between powers like Russia and the US. Usually, we are just being too dramatic by bringing up such images. Most of the time, people are exaggerating. But since […]

Neo-Ottoman Empire as a thorn in NATO’s side

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I want to commentate a little here, to offer my thoughts on Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet over Syria. The jet downing highlights the problem that Turkey sees ISIL almost as an ally rather than an enemy. Turkish officials […]

ISIL, a gullible plaything of powers

posted by Harry J. Bentham

It is clear that ISIL, rather than being a grand revolutionary force trying to overturn the mistaken conquests like the Iraq War by the US in the Islamic world as it claims, is no Islamic state but a plaything of various other countries. […]

Paris attacks bring Syria war to France

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A recent coordinated murder spree occurred in Paris, most probably by a group from ISIL, the so-called Islamic State (you may know it just as IS or ISIS), who call themselves soldiers but are only brave enough to kill unarmed people. The […]

UN Security Council inaction is good

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Many political commentators complain about the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’s inability to solve international crises. And although I am a Jacobin who rarely defends any political institution, I must defend the UN Security Council. The Security Council is a brute force institution, […]

Double-edged swords rattle over Russia’s airstrikes

posted by Harry J. Bentham

We may have all heard of the double-edged sword. What you may not have heard is that there are people dumb enough to actually create and use them in hope of harming perceived enemies. I’m thinking of the crazy situation in Syria, […]

Syrian refugees don’t owe Europe anything

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Un menteur est toujours prodigue de serments. A liar is always lavish of oaths. Pierre Corneille The migrant refugee crisis taking place in Europe is filled with scenes of irony and poetic justice, as European countries smeared in Syria’s blood are […]

Saudi Arabia insists on sectarian war within Islam

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Après le pain, l’éducation est le premier besoin du peuple. After bread, education is the first need of the people. Georges Danton Saudi Arabia and its supporters are obsessed with saying there is a sectarian war within Islam. While there […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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, […]

The war you never saw: the Press versus the Blogosphere

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n’y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n’y a plus rien à retrancher. It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PM Cameron warns about aggression, commits aggression

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Les Membres de l’Organisation s’abstiennent, dans leurs relations internationales, de recourir à la menace ou à l’emploi de la force, soit contre l’intégrité territoriale ou l’indépendance politique de tout Etat, soit de toute autre manière incompatible avec les buts des […]

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 […]

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