Russia launches airstrikes against ISIS in Syria; US promptly freaks out. That’s the story in the Washington Post this morning. One particularly fun quote within is when John Kerry says he considers the airstrikes to be “not helpful.” This is a bit strange since we’ve also been using airstrikes (or cruise missiles) in Syria, against ISIS and Al-Qaeda, since last September. But coincidentally, John Kerry is probably right. They weren’t real helpful when we did it and there’s no reason to think Russia will have much more success.
Today’s story is the latest atrocity in the Saudi-led war on Yemen. Airstrikes apparently struck a wedding party killing somewhere between 27 to 135 people according to different sources. The groom was alleged to have ties to the Houthis (the group of rebels that Saudi Arabia is fighting), but the threat posed by a wedding is not readily apparent in any case… Continue reading Funeral at Wedding Party in Yemen
The most noteworthy thing in the news today is happily positive and unrelated to the US. I’m referring to the rise of a new secessionist government in Catalonia (the region of what is currently Spain and includes Barcelona). Justin Raimondo at antiwar.com has a good summary of some of the history on this which I’ve linked to before.
As for the broader implications, I think proponents of peace and nonintervention should be encouraged by this development. As Raimondo rightly notes, it is a good thing for liberty generally when larger governments break into their constituent parts, provided this can be done peacefully. It may sound idealistic, but a more decentralized government is likely be follow the will of its population more closely and less easily manipulated by foreign or other special interests. Far too soon to tell what will come, but as the EU / NATO currently seems willing to follow the US most anywhere (Libya, Ukraine, etc.), the fragmentation of Europe could bring the happy rise of dissent from that order. And that would be a very good thing.
We now know that President Obama was able to persuade enough Democrats to uphold the Iran nuclear deal and see that it gets implemented. But the battle on this agreement is still far from over. Opponents in Congress have promised new efforts to try to sabotage the deal, and many presidential candidates are threatening undo the agreement as soon as they inaugurated. In light of this ongoing struggle, I wanted to write up some detailed responses to common questions and misconceptions about the situation, in no particular order.