In terms of domestic politics, both sides have already accomplished what they came for—but since neither can acknowledge publicly that that’s all the war was really about, they end up raising wholly unrealistic demands at the ceasefire talks. And the war continues.
Islamic separatist insurgency is rising, with the authorities grasping for a solution.
The whole environment has changed. This may require new policies and even new allies.
Before 1914, war was a normal political event. Afterwards, it was something to be avoided.
Even in this emergency, it’s public money, not Big Pharma, that is funding the research.
Hamas wants Israel to end its seven-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu’s goal is harder to define. It’s become all about destroying the ‘terror tunnels.’
Meriam Ibrahim’s high-profile flight from Sudan is an extreme case, but others have fled religious radicalization too.
What the 13,000-year-old graves of Jebel Sahaba are telling us is that civilization was not the problem—and perhaps also that we are not doomed to perpetual war.
US intelligence agencies are completely out of control, writes Gwynne Dyer.