Afghanistan

The Peaceful World

26 May 2013 The Peaceful World By Gwynne Dyer Imagine for a moment that all the wars of the world have come to a peaceful conclusion. Most violent crime against people and property has also been eradicated. The worst outbreak of violence in the world in the past 24 hours has been a fight in …

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Pakistan

15 May 2013 Pakistan’s New Government: An Older and Wiser Nawaz Sharif? By Gwynne Dyer The first time Nawaz Sharif became prime minister of Pakistan was almost a quarter-century ago. His second term was ended fourteen years ago by a military coup that drove him into exile. Now he’s back, a good deal older – …

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Drones and Guantanamo

4 May 2013 Drones and Guantanamo By Gwynne Dyer John Bellinger is the last person in Washington you’d expect to criticise President Barack Obama for making too many drone strikes. It was he who drafted the (rather unconvincing) legal justification for targeted drone killings when he was legal adviser to the Secretary of State in …

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Mali Intervention

14 January 2013 Mali Intervention By Gwynne Dyer “Those days are over,” said Frances President Francois Hollande last month, when asked if French forces would intervene in the war between Islamist insurgents who have seized the northern half of Mali and the government in Bamako. But the days in question weren’t over for very long. …

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Afghanistan and Underpants

29 August 2012 Afghanistan: The Underpants Option By Gwynne Dyer “A defeatist position (in Afghanistan) is not possible for us. We cannot leave in our underpants…or without any.” That was Mikhail Gorbachev addressing senior Soviet officers in 1987, two years before the Soviets pulled out. Two years before NATO pulls out, the same frantic search …

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Afghanistan Lies

15 April 2012 Afghanistan Lies By Gwynne Dyer In the midst of the Taliban attacks in central Kabul on Sunday, a journalist called the British embassy for a comment. “I really don’t know why they are doing this,” said the exasperated diplomat who answered the phone. “We’ll be out of here in two years’ time. …

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Symmetry of Slaughter

24 March 2012 Symmetry of Slaughter By Gwynne Dyer After Mohamed Merah died in a hail of French police bullets last Thursday, people who had known him talked about “a polite and courteous boy” who liked “cars, bikes, sports and girls.” His friends had trouble believing that he had murdered seven people, including three children, …

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The Strategy of 9/11

4 September 2011 The Strategy of 9/11 By Gwynne Dyer Writing recently in the Washington Post, Brian Michael Jenkins, a senior adviser at the Rand Corporation think tank, claimed that the 9/11 attacks ten years ago were not a strategic success for al-Qaeda. He’s right. Osama bin Laden’s strategy did fail, in the end – …

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