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The Munich Security Conference, the Good, Bad...

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“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.” Otto von Bismark, first Chancellor of the German Empire (1871 to 1890). I had been planning to do a follow up on the Syrian battle of Idlib, but the siren song of the Munich conference called out to me. Big time geopolitics…

Syria Fights for Peace While China Invites th...

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The New Year holidays are over and all eyes are turned toward wondering what 2018 will bring us. As we look back over the last several early Januaries, we could not possibly have seen the major changes that were going to come, like…

Hariri Backtracks, Prince Salman Goes Quiet, ...

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“When you make peaceful revolution impossible, you make bloody revolution inevitable.” ~ John F. Kennedy. The geo-political theater around the three-ring circus started by the Saudis yanking Prime Minister Saad Hariri out of Lebanon to get a Royal…

Saudi Arabia and Israel Replace Syria with Le...

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Support by US rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man ~ Nikita Khrushchev. Just when you think nothing in Saudi Arabia could get more bizarre, we got the story…

The SAA Deir-Ezzor Euphrates River Battle: a ...

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Most of us who have watched the SAA crawl back from the edge of defeat, after the Russians joined the Hezbollah and Iranian forces already there, have cheered their westward advance to recapture the huge central area of the country…

The Cold War Blows Hot and Cold

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Stability is when the U.K. and U.S. invade a country and impose the regime of their choice – Noam Chomsky. Old Intel hands are seeing a pattern emerging where, when one conflict is winding down, a new one is cranking up. It is almost like…

Is the Kurdish referendum a bluff or the real...

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The countdown to the Iraqi Kurdish referendum has begun and the battle lines are drawn. Barzani Is pushing full steam ahead, stating that he sees no other option. Baghdad has taken a legal stance, which is of no concern…

Zapad War Games – The Russians are Not Coming

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“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.” – Noam Chomsky. The dishonesty and lunacy of the West was on front row display in the run up to the Zapad war game exercises…

The Syrian Anti-terrorism Coalition is Winnin...

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“Today, we talk a lot about terrorism, but we rarely talk about state terrorism.” – Bianca Jagger. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance on Deir Ezzor will go down as a modern example of a combined operations success against ISIS, the best…

Has the Syrian War Reached the Tipping Point?

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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history (Mahatma Gandhi). Tuesday August 1st was the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the Syrian Arab Army. It came as…

Was Trump out-Trumped at the G20?

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If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” ~ Nelson Mandela. I don’t often get taken totally by surprise in routine geo-political events like the major meetings, but…

The Syrian Coalition Must End US-Kurdish Aggr...

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Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. ~ Sun Tzu. The US plan for the Balkanization of Syria is now laid bare for all to see. The events of the past few weeks…


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