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From the Archives: The New Year’s War in Gaza

November 16, 2012

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With it kicking off in Gaza again, I thought I’d post an unpublished article I wrote in late 2009 about what I called the New Year’s War in Gaza. Some of the observations are understandably dated, but I think the piece is still relevant. At eleven o’clock Saturday morning, on December 27th 2008, the New […]

A reply to Melanie Phillips in defence of David Cameron and Conservative foreign policy

July 29, 2010

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Melanie Phillips has written a blistering attack on the Prime Minister and his foreign policy, accusing him of everything from cowardice to incompetence but stopping short of sodomy. As crazy goes, the diatribe is pretty crazy. David Cameron is ‘dangerous’ to the national interest, as shown by his speech in Turkey on Tuesday. He praises […]

Primat der Innenpolitik

June 14, 2010

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I had wanted to move this blog quietly away from Israel for a bit to broaden its horizon, but I’m drawn back by this poll on the flotilla incident. To me, it illustrates a few things. Those Israelis polled have seemingly divorced the use of force from strategy, which is highlighted by three of the […]

Some more thoughts on Israel

June 2, 2010

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The Foreign Secretary William Hague said today that Israel is facing ‘stronger international demand’ to end the blockade on Gaza. It was important for them to lift the restrictions, which ‘are not contributing to Israel’s security, that are quite probably damaging to her long-term security.’ What is the point of the blockade? The policy was […]

Israel and the inability to think strategically

May 31, 2010

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I had an argument with some friends of mine earlier, which was the catalyst for this blog. They can be best described as ‘neoconservative’, which means not knowing much about war and geopolitics but lecturing others about them anyway, and one said Israel ‘had every right to defend itself’. I asked what existential threat was […]