20 September 2016   Leave a comment

Air strikes destroyed a convoy of 31 trucks carrying humanitarian supplies to besieged civilians in Syria.  The trucks were clearly identified as part of a Red Crescent operation and officials in Syria had been notified earlier about the convoy in hopes of offering a degree of immunity that is obligatory to any humanitarian mission.  There were no details about which side conducted the attack, but there is little question that the attack was a horrific war crime.  At some point we have to hope that the international community will take strong action to punish the perpetrators of this atrocity.

North Korea has successfully tested a high-powered rocket engine for the expressed purpose of launching a geo-stationary orbit.  A problem arises because this capability also gives North Korea to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile which could threaten any country in the world.  Given the increased capabilities of North Korea, there is a high likelihood that some states will think more systematically about ways to prevent North Korea from becoming a serious threat to international peace. Some of those alternatives may include actions to forcibly disarm North Korea.

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Posted September 21, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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