18 December 2015   Leave a comment

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there were about 60 million displaced persons in the world in 2015, over 20 million of which were displaced for reasons of violence and persecution.  That is one out of every 122 people alive today. The number is the highest ever recorded and is an index of the distress that affects so many countries in the world.  The countries most affected were Syria, Ukraine, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.

Former US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave an interview to Foreign Policy on decision making in the Obama Administration.  (The interview is behind a paywall, but if you are reading on a College computer, you should be able to access it).  The interview casts the Obama Administration in a profoundly negative light.  Perhaps the worst admission in the interview is that the US made the decision to arm Syrian rebels without, at the same time, making any decision about whether to defend those rebels if they came under attack by the forces of Syrian President Assad.  Not thinking through the “what if” questions of any policy is negligence of the highest order.

30% of Republican voters favor bombing Agrabah, the fictional country in the Disney movie, Aladdin.  Apparently, even sounding Muslim-related is a casus belli for some Americans.   I would laugh at such imbecility if it were not so dangerous.  Even calligraphy is subversive in 21st century America.



Posted December 19, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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