Friday, January 20, 2006

Oxblogger loose in the Middle East

Patrick Belton, one of the very interesting contributors to Oxblog, is loose in the Middle East. I recommend reading all his stuff (and everything on Oxblog, to be honest, even if it is just about MASH).

As an exercise for the reader, I recommend you go back and check out his experiences in the banlieu riots.

5 Comments:

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Interesting. Loosely related, but raising the question of whether we are using our mighty resources to make the world safer is this review

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18674

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

dan:

That was interesting. What do you think should be done about Darfur then?

 
At 3:04 AM, Blogger Dan said...

These things are tough as was the balkans mess in the early 90's and rwanda later. I think it would have been a more justifiable use of ground troops than the expedition in Irag -- although I am happy to see that the deliberations post the latest election there appear to be signalling that the mess created there could possibly have a reasonable outcome. It would seem too late to undo the damage in Darfur now. Sorry for the post -- it didn't have much relation to your subject matter.

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger Martin said...

I wouldnt say too late but I agree with Al that it is diffficult to know what to do.

This article (War of the Future. Oil Drives the Genocide in Darfur. By David Morse from Tomdispatch Aug 2005) puts some perspective on the problem that is not given in most news articles. Clearly in this authors eyes this is a problem that is being stoked and not just festering by itself.

Martin

 
At 11:37 PM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

Interesting link - thanks.

 

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