Extremism in the Middle East is a complex problem generated by numerous issues. The connecting thread, however, is that of the alienated youth.
Without the ability to pursue sanctions as a policy direction, the European Union would be forced to consider a much softer tone with Russia.
America now wages a perpetual war against its own self-interest.
Propping the Assad regime was only a motive insofar as it helped achieve other targets.
Rising tensions on the peninsula, combined with the slow-yet-sure expansion of the North’s nuclear capabilities risk a return to the war that has been on hold for over 60 years.
The F-35 is a trillion-dollar boondoggle. Buying a combination of jets and drones will cost less, promote economic growth and provide military capabilities better suited to Canadian needs.
The Western narrative depicts such attacks as Kunming as the result of China’s own flawed ethnic-minority policies.
Failure to pursue political goals in the Middle East with the same gusto as military objectives could render today’s battlefield successes against ISIS meaningless.
Terrorist groups like the Islamic State have given the intelligence alliance a new raison d’être, but crucial reforms still lay ahead.