[NOTE: In 2008, Al McCoy was a main speaker at a conference on U. S. torture that I helped organize. Both his talk and his academic record marked him as a scholar to reckon with on matters of foreign policy and empire. This record drew me to this new analysis of the rapid shifts of power and empire, especially in the context of the Ukraine war.]
From the ashes of a world war that killed 80 million people and reduced great cities to smoking rubble, America rose like a Titan of Greek legend, unharmed and armed with extraordinary military and economic power, to govern the globe.
There is a deep and growing rift between “the West” and “the Rest” about the need to resist and defeat the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is because it is really a war in defence of sovereignty, which ought to be something every sovereign country can buy into — but Western governments publicly insist that it is a war in defence of democracy Continue reading Gwynne Dyer: Ukraine — The West vs. The Rest→
[NOTE: I hardly eat fish anymore, though in my old-style Catholic boyhood Fish-on-Friday was a rule. I particularly liked tuna. But tuna (along with a lot of Catholic dogmas) turned out to be toxic, along with a lot of other finned favorites. So I mostly let it pass.
But of course that doesn’t absolve me of complicity in the ongoing world fish fiasco: I’m a longtime cat owner. So I’m pondering these two articles too.]
It’s an improvement, in two ways: First, Gwynne Dyer knows what he’s talking about. He has a doctorate in war history and strategy; he served with the militaries of three different countries, and has traveled and studied wars past and present across much of the world. Second, he writes with rare concision and clarity, building on forty-plus years of practice in meeting deadlines and skillfully fitting big thoughts and insights into always-small and tight Op-Ed column spaces.
And — oh wait, there’s a third: Dyer is an independent journalist/analyst, and excels most others in seeing through the thick fogbanks of propaganda and lies thrown up around wars and rumors of war by most or all sides. Here, he does it again.]
Gwynne Dyer: More alliances could lead to wider wars:
The game is now afoot, and it will be hard to stop