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Shocked by Trump? Churchill wanted to “Collar them all"

We’re outraged by Donald Trump’s demanding databases and I.D. cards to protect America from the super-hyped threat of Syrian refugees. We’re ashamed by the memory of Roosevelt’s interning more than 100,000 Japanese American residents and citizens during World War II. But Winston Churchill went even further. He ordered the internment of tens of thousands of Jewish refugees in England, labeling them dangerous enemy aliens.

Paris/Mali Nightmare continues-political dikes have been breached

People in Paris are still leery of large crowds; think twice before walking into a department store or museum or taking the metro. But now, as I write, we look in shock at live TV coverage of yet another savage attack by Islamic jihadists. Today it’s Mali’s turn. 

One Paris Aftermath-A Peace Prize for Putin?

Could one of the indirect results of the horrific attacks in Paris be a Nobel Peace Prize for Vladimir Putin? Sound absurd? Read on.

France - Total War?

The day after Kurdish forces with U.S. support expelled the Islamic State from the town of Sinjar in Northern Iraq; the day after the U.S. triumphantly announced that ISIS executioner “Jihadi” John had been “evaporated” by a missile fired from a U.S. drone—yesterday, on February 13th, ISIS boasted its own deadly triumph.

Bibi Netanyahu falsifies history--once again

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu has been obliged to back away from his claim that it was a Palestinian leader, rather than Adolph Hitler, who came up with the idea of exterminating the Jews. But Netanyahu’s historical chutzpah has always been breathtaking, as I learned years ago when reporting on Israel for 60 Minutes.

Syria-Obama's Bay of Pigs?

The CIA’s secret armies —humiliation and disaster, once again.

Rebel forces, secretly armed and trained by the CIA, attempt to overthrow a brutal dictator despised and vilified by Washington. Hit by devastating airstrikes, the rebels put out a frantic call for American help. Could by Syria today--or Cuba half a century ago.

America's Trillion Dollar Houses of Cards

Houses of cards—trillions of dollars worth of them, constructed by the U.S. and its allies over more than a decade at a huge cost in lives and treasure--are teetering across the greater Middle East. Meanwhile vast numbers of refugees, many from those same ravaged states--are threatening the fragile union of Europe itself. 

COULD THE I-PHONE HAVE THWARTED THE HOLOCAUST?

A September 3 caption on Canada’s Global News:

“Warning: the next image contains content some viewers may find disturbing. Discretion is advised.” 

The impact of that image of a three-year old Kurdish boy, drowned, lying face down on a Turkish beach is astonishing. What is remarkable is the hesitancy of much of the media to publish the picture.  

Iran And The Automatons

The remarkable fact about the accord just reached with Iran is that President Obama and John Kerry achieved it by their determination to jump the track—to make at least one course change in the futile policies that American leaders have been following for decades in the Greater Middle East as if they were mindless automatons.

Lando's Blog
Shocked by Trump? Churchill wanted to “Collar them all"

We’re outraged by Donald Trump’s demanding databases and I.D. cards to protect America from the super-hyped threat of Syrian refugees. We’re ashamed by the memory of Roosevelt’s interning more than 100,000 Japanese American residents and citizens during World War II. But Winston Churchill went even further. He ordered the internment of tens of thousands of Jewish refugees in England, labeling them dangerous enemy aliens.

Paris/Mali Nightmare continues-political dikes have been breached

People in Paris are still leery of large crowds; think twice before walking into a department store or museum or taking the metro. But now, as I write, we look in shock at live TV coverage of yet another savage attack by Islamic jihadists. Today it’s Mali’s turn. 

One Paris Aftermath-A Peace Prize for Putin?

Could one of the indirect results of the horrific attacks in Paris be a Nobel Peace Prize for Vladimir Putin? Sound absurd? Read on.

France - Total War?

The day after Kurdish forces with U.S. support expelled the Islamic State from the town of Sinjar in Northern Iraq; the day after the U.S. triumphantly announced that ISIS executioner “Jihadi” John had been “evaporated” by a missile fired from a U.S. drone—yesterday, on February 13th, ISIS boasted its own deadly triumph.

Bibi Netanyahu falsifies history--once again

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu has been obliged to back away from his claim that it was a Palestinian leader, rather than Adolph Hitler, who came up with the idea of exterminating the Jews. But Netanyahu’s historical chutzpah has always been breathtaking, as I learned years ago when reporting on Israel for 60 Minutes.

Syria-Obama's Bay of Pigs?

The CIA’s secret armies —humiliation and disaster, once again.

Rebel forces, secretly armed and trained by the CIA, attempt to overthrow a brutal dictator despised and vilified by Washington. Hit by devastating airstrikes, the rebels put out a frantic call for American help. Could by Syria today--or Cuba half a century ago.

America's Trillion Dollar Houses of Cards

Houses of cards—trillions of dollars worth of them, constructed by the U.S. and its allies over more than a decade at a huge cost in lives and treasure--are teetering across the greater Middle East. Meanwhile vast numbers of refugees, many from those same ravaged states--are threatening the fragile union of Europe itself. 

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