15 August 2016   Leave a comment

The climate change debate has been somewhat quiescent in political debates as other issues in the American election have taken center stage.  It is hard to understand why we allow such an important issue to be ignored.  The truth is that climate change is probably the most significant security issue that the US faces and the time we have available to address it is remarkably short. 

The Russian press is reporting that the US and Russia are close to an agreement on joint military action against Daesh (the Islamic State) in the Syrian city of Aleppo.  The US has yet to comment on these reports and we have precious few details on what these joint actions might entail.  There is little question that the people of the city desperately need humanitarian support which is impossible without military security.  But the key demand of Russia has always been that President Assad must remain in office.  It is possible that to secure this agreement, the US might be willing to change its position that Assad must go.

Terrorism is a hot-button political issue and the reasons why are obvious:  people demand security from their government and terrorism shatters that promise.  It is very easy for politicians to assert that they can stop terrorism, but it is difficult to see the path to the eradication of the tactic.  The alternative is to think about terrorism as a treatable, but not curable, disease.  Such an alternative interpretation of terrorism requires great political skill and an incredible commitment, but it also requires a different way of thinking about the tactic by the general public.

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Posted August 15, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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