Is the Two State Solution Possible – Palestine and Israel?
The other day, I was mulling over the challenges in the hot spots in the Middle East, namely the ongoing saga of those in the Palestinian Territory and Israel. Then a funny thing happened, that same day I was contacted by an East Coast acquaintance, and also the whole issue came up in our think tank, as it had been in the news that day. With Syria on the verge of an all-out civil war and revolution, and with Iran forcing its hand in the region, Israel must realize that it must unite its own citizens for the potential attacks…Space Exploration and Peace in the Middle East
Is it possible to bring a “bridge of technology” to the Middle East to unite the Western world in a common cause, the goal being the forward progression of mankind? Not long ago, I was having an interesting conversation with someone about all this, namely allow all of our partners and allies in the Middle East to participate in our space technology, as have the Russians, Australia, Canada, and the European Union. In doing so, those who currently oppose us, for instance Iran, might dump their nuclear weapons program, agree on robust inspections, and then join their goal…Can There Be Peace in the Middle East?
A few weeks ago, an acquaintance asked me if I ever thought there might be peace in the Middle East. Well, in the near term is really doesn’t appear to be all that possible – could it happen, peace that is? Well, surely anything is possible right?The Problems in Pakistan Are Potentially Pervasive
Pakistan is a large country with a huge population, and many of its areas are loosely governed, and many folks are not that well educated. Sounds like another troubled region for the world doesn’t it? Indeed, it is, and not part of Pakistan are hideouts for terrorists, and insurgents, and elements of radical Islam, who have been making the Afghan situation quite troubling for NATO and US troops trying to stabilize the region.Can We Stop Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East?
Most of the military analysts have a negative outlook on WMD in the Middle East. Most of the think tank papers I’ve read show a rather dire and pessimistic view of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East as well, but still I ask; does it really have to be that way? No, I don’t believe it has to be any particular way, and that if we are careful and play it right, and have the help of the Arab League and others, we may be able to put a stop to the domino effect unraveling with regards to nuclear weapons…What Change Is the Ongoing Arab Spring Going to Bring in the Middle East?
There is little bit of political and social instability right now in the Middle East, we’ve watched government after government deal with civil unrest, protests, marches, and there has been a good bit of bloodshed and violence. Some nations’ fate are still up in the air as we speak. Not long ago, an acquaintance asked me if the Arab Spring was good for the US and/or how that will change the relationship the US has with various governments there?US Sanctions in Iran – Are They Working For Us or Against Us?
Economic sanctions are tricky business as anyone at the Council on Foreign Relations would agree. If you read Henry Kissinger’s essays you will see he believes economic sanctions are one lever but alone seldom bring the desired results. Okay so, are the economic sanctions working in Iran, well, yes and no, and it looks as if the US, EU, UN may agree to further sanctions including the Iranian Central Bank.Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans 2005
Hurricane Katrina struck the city of New Orleans on August 29th, 2005 catching the city unprepared for the massive floods that its squalls would bring. Katrina led to the structural failure of New Orleans’ federally constructed levee system, leaving 80% of the city totally flooded and leading to the deaths of 700 citizens. The storm would serve as a cultural watershed for America, not only because of the massive loss of human life, but because of the subsequent failure of the federal government organization, FEMA, to respond and rescue the survivors of the hardest-hit areas in timely fashion.Pakistan on the UN Security Council With India Voting For It Too?
Well, it looks as if Pakistan is temporarily on the UN Security Council, and their neighbor India actually voted for that surprisingly enough, which I am assuming that is good news, as we need an open dialogue when two bordering nations like that have nuclear missiles point at one another. Maybe things are mellowing out over there was one comment that came in recently from an acquaintance. “Could be!Winning the War in Afghanistan
Many believe that to ‘win the war’ in Afghanistan we need to leave with a secure and stable society and civilization, and yet do any of us really believe that is possible? Not long ago, I talked to an international analyst type acquaintance, who indicated that is the minimum we must do, otherwise the vacuum we leave once we are gone will re-fill in with the Taliban, and tribal area insurgents of Pakistan, and they will continue where they left off. Indeed, I immediately challenged my acquaintance and said; well, if that’s your definition of winning, but at…