Isis wants an insane race war – and we’ve decided to give them one

Western leaders are now so self-opinionated and dazzled by their own view of their “rightness” that they appear, with few exceptions, to be unable to appreciate the consequences of their actions, even when there are many historical precedents that point to likely outcomes. Somehow, ordinary citizens who are willing and capable of exercising some critical judgment in as objective a manner as possible, and without assuming (consciously or unconsciously) a…

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Frankie Boyle on Paris attacks: ‘This is the worst time for society to go on psychopathic autopilot’

Perhaps understandably, but certainly not too thoughtfully, the response from most to the Paris attacks has been a cry for vengeance and retribution. The French and British governments have increased air attacks in Syria and the US has announced increased numbers of ground troops, and other countries, including both Turkey and Russia have become more involved. Despite the substantial well informed and knowledgeable debate regarding the Middle East situation and…

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Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne

No rational and humane person would regard the assault in Paris as being justified on any grounds. Regardless of what members of ISIS may believe or any injustice or wrongs that they may feel have happened to them, no reasonable person would accept that their behaviour is acceptable or justified. If attacks such as happened on Friday say anything about ISIS, it is that those involved in the organisation are…

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ABBOTT & CO. ON THE ATTACK – Paramilitary Border force to have thousands of weapons-ready officers

FORCE Tony Abbott & his wealth backed LNP Government have made yet another move against democracy and civil liberties with the formation of the new “Border Force.” A stealthily conceived amalgamation of Customs and Immigration departments, this new paramilitary force will introduce around 5000 to 6000 armed officers with widely increased powers. This is a continuation of what has been a steadily continuing campaign of the Abbott government to restrict…

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Walk down the wrong street and you’re back in prison: the Kafkaesque life of a terror suspect in Britain

Since Algerian asylum seeker Y was arrested in 2003, he has spent years behind bars or unable to move more than a few miles, yet he has never been convicted of a crime. What is it like to exist under such extraordinary restrictions? Source: Walk down the wrong street and you’re back in prison: the Kafkaesque life of a terror suspect in Britain | UK news | The Guardian

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What about Nagasaki? The bombings were a tale of two cities

Every year I am saddened by the lack of remembrance for the horror that was the dropping of A-Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII. These crimes are excused on the grounds that they were necessary to prevent the loss of millions more lives had the Japanese continued to fight. That may or may not be the case but it is not a justification for this deed. In fact, it…

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