Opinion – U.S. arms-makers strain to meet demand as Mideast conflicts rage | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

This piece from Dr. Alf is interesting and I can see the demand for smart bombs rising during the Syrian conflict, but ISIS fighters have tunneled through stone with jackhammers and are underneath civilians in Raqua.

The ISIS commanders have already moved to Mosul, where they are mingling with the population and no doubt have arranged for tunneling to take place there. That leaves the civilian populations of both places, sitting ducks irrespective of which types of bombs are used. The new ISIS headquarters in Libya and ISIS incursions into Afghanistan may be a different story and I can see the utility of drones with smart missiles for taking out ISIS fighters when moving about in areas where there are no civilian populations.

Sadly, you either have to root them out using soldiers in a series of brutal house to house clearance operations and withstand heavy casualties or you surround the area and use thermobaric weapons to clear the area and kill the ISIS fighters in their tunnels followed by napalm strikes to cleanse whatever is left – here there will be large collateral damage.

Pussyfooting around with ISIS gives them too much time to recruit more extremists, conceal themselves and hold people hostage and it allows them to make conditions so intolerable that they leave and become economic migrants heading for Europe.

I suggest that we need to take the ‘gloves-off’. It’s perhaps time to listen to America’s military  leaders not Obama’s excuses.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Why education is the key to integrating refugees in Europe – Agenda – The World Economic Forum – John Gelmini

The issue should not be about integrating refugees and economic migrants but about stopping more of them from coming so that the issue of integration is confined to those already in a particular country.This is of course close to Donald Trump’s view.

Dr Alf is correct to point out the widening inequalities that already exist and the fact that favouring refugees over the indigenous populations of ordinary people will simply worsen the existing conditions which are that way because of unequal distribution of educational resources leading to ineffective teaching methods for the great unwashed and “Mr Quelch” style whole class teaching for the children of fat cat elites and the already privileged.

John Gelmini