Patrick Seale

  • T Most objective observers of the Syrian conflict now realise that neither President Bashar Al Assad nor his enemies can hope to win an outright victory. By continuing to fight, they are simply exhausting themselves and ruining their country. The war has tornSyriaapart, caused vast loss of life, ...

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  • TSix conflict zones of the Greater Middle East (GME) are in danger of erupting into fresh violence. In all six, the US and its allies seem unable to contribute to a peaceful solution. Instead, in each case, they are adding fuel to the fire. When President Obama assumed office on January 20, 2009, he ...

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  • TUS President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies seem increasingly problematic. His expanded use of missile strikes by Predator drones against targets in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere - now being launched at a rate of about one every week - seem certain to create more ...

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  • T In one of Jean de la Fontaine’s 17th century fables, a frog envies an ox. Consumed with the urge to make itself as big as the ox, the frog puffs itself up, ever bigger and bigger, until it finally explodes. Israel’s behaviour towards its neighbours in the Middle East is not so very ...

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  • TAfter all the bellicose bluster of recent weeks, there is a faint chance that the tide of war may be receding in the Middle East — especially in the two hot spots of Iran and Syria. The latest developments in these countries suggest the possible opening of a new phase of dialogue rather than ...

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  • T After a long absence, Russia is now demanding a seat for itself at the top table of Middle East affairs. It seems determined to have its say on the key issues of the day: the crisis in Syria; the threat of war against Iran; Israel’s expansionist ambitions; and the rise of political Islam ...

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  • T Peace with the Taliban is now on US President Barack Obama’s agenda. He is evidently keen to end the war and extricate the US from a ten-year conflict, which has proved hugely costly in human and financial terms. Even with a scaled down US force of 100,000 men, operations in Afghanistan ...

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  • T In spite of bluster from belligerent hawks in the United States and Israel, it is highly unlikely that either country will attack Iran in the near future. Israel will not dare attack Iran alone, while US President Barack Obama has made it clear — if not perhaps quite clear enough — ...

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  • TIts now widely accepted and lamented that US President Barack Obama failed dismally in attempting to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Defeated by Israels hard-line Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, and by Israels friends in the United States lobbyists, lawmakers and ...

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  • TThe US and Pakistani governments seem to be heading for a divorce full of recriminations. So great are the divergent objectives and lack of trust between them that Pakistan seems to be contemplating moving out of Americas orbit altogether and into Chinas embrace. Americas decision - without ...

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  • TThe execution of Osama bin Laden by a team of US Navy Seals sends a brutal message to the world that the extermination of the United States enemies takes precedence over any consideration of morality or international law. For daring to attack the United States, Al-Qaedas founder had to be hunted ...

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  • TThe United States has been celebrating the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and much of the Western world has cheered in sympathy. But the deadly assault by US Special Forces on the Al-Qaeda leader in his Pakistani hide-out wasnt simply an act of revenge (although in some ways it was all the sweeter for ...

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  • TEuropes political leaders seem to be suffering from acute panic over the subject of immigration. The troubles in North Africa have raised the spectre of hundreds of thousands of destitute Libyans and Tunisians, and perhaps tomorrow Algerians as well, not to mention sub-Saharan Africans, besieging ...

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  • TOvershadowed by the dramatic events in the Arab world, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan seems to be approaching a dangerous turning point. Should the United States and its NATO allies continue making war on the Taliban, or should they urgently seek a political solution? As if still hoping ...

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