Scotland votes to stay in Great Britain

The United Kingdom remains united, as Scotland voted not to secede.  The final vote was pretty decisive, with 55% of Scots voting “no” and 45% voting “yes.” [Read more...]

Australia thwarts ISIL beheading plot

Islamic State jihadists planned to kidnap two random people off the street in Australia and then behead them, showing the video online as a way to demonstrate their worldwide reach.  But Australian authorities discovered the plot, arresting 15 people in the country’s largest counterterrorism operation.

Do you doubt that ISIL (I’m just going to start calling them that) would like to do something similar in the United States?  I predict that instead of the large-scale mass killings favored by al-Qaeda, the new ISIL-flavored terrorism will aim at smaller-scale attacks that are easier to carry out but that still have a maximum horrific impact.  Think, beheadings. [Read more...]

Are we already in World War III?

Pope Francis says that all of conflicts throughout the world constitute a Third World War.  Indeed, there was a time when two individual nations would fight it out over a dispute.  Now, even regional conflicts quickly become globalized.  So maybe the Pope is right, that World War III is upon us. [Read more...]

Scotland might secede next Thursday

The people of Scotland will vote on Thursday, September 18, on whether or not to secede from Great Britain.  When we blogged about it before in 2012, the chances for a “yes” majority seemed remote, but one poll last weekend showed the secessionists winning.  Though other polls suggest that the United Kingdom will remain united, the English–including political leaders of all parties–are in something of a panic as they realize that Scotland could very well leave.

Usually, nationalists are on the right, but the pro-Independence movement in Scotland seems dominated by the left.  And yet, as a Washington Post analysis suggests, a major consequence would be removing 41 Labour Party members from the English parliament, possibly endangering the UK’s membership in the European Union.  And no one knows what the economic repercussions would be for either country. [Read more...]

Rand Paul’s foreign policy

The one “dove” among the current presidential contenders has been the libertarian, tea-party favorite Republican Senator Rand Paul.  A few weeks ago, he published  an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that criticized both the Democrats and his fellow Republicans for their “interventionist” foreign policies.  He said that those who wanted to intervene  against the Assad regime in Syria would have been helping ISIS, which was originally one of the rebel factions that they wanted to help.  He says that President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the “hawkish members of my own party” lack both foresight and hindsight.  And yet, Senator Paul is now saying that America must respond to the atrocities of ISIS by using force against them.  After the jump, read from both his op-ed piece on Syria and his latest pronouncements against ISIS.

You Randians, libertarians, and non-interventionists, does this change your view of him?  Or do you agree?

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NATO gets relevant again

We might agree that Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine, while regrettable,  doesn’t concern us.  But if Vladimir Putin did the same thing to Estonia, another bordering country with a large and complaining Russian minority, we would be at war.  That’s because Estonia and the other Baltic Republics are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  The members of that organization, founded to deter the Soviet Union, have a pact that an attack on one member nation is an attack on them all, and that they will all go to war against the attacker.  Tomorrow a NATO summit begins, and it’s being hailed as the most important since the end of the Cold War.

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