How to avoid nuclear war with North Korea – Lead – Economist

This is a must-read lead article from the Economist. It cautions that there are no good options to curb Kim Jong Un but blundering into war would be the worst.

Source: How to avoid nuclear war with North Korea

The conclusion suggests that it’s really time for cooler heads to prevail.

We have seen today that the Chinese President called President Trump perhaps that will do the trick?

Two hours ago, China’s leading newspaper People’s Daily tweeted:

Chinese President Xi spoke w Trump over the phone on Sat, called for restraint to avoid escalation of tensions on Korean Peninsula

Unfortunately, I fear that Trump is playing to the US domestic audience to try to win back some popularity and deflect attention from the Russian enquiry. Are Americans so gullible that they can’t see the dangers of US military intervention in North Korea?

Perhaps, it’s time for anti-war demonstrations to return to America’s streets?



Opinion – Iran fires rockets near US aircraft carrier | TheHill – John Gelmini

English: Location of Iran and Saudi Arabia.

English: Location of Iran and Saudi Arabia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another fine post via Dr Alf.

A prosperous Iran is not a problem as long as the West contains it and looks to the future by engaging with their young people who in most cases would like a more liberated Western lifestyle.

The present Iranian leadership consists of much better negotiators than Europe and America which makes them potentially dangerous to our interests.

Israel’s judgement about the nuclear weapons agreement was probably right but Saudi Arabia is a bigger threat to world stability than Iran because of its support for dangerous Wahabi philosophy and ISIS.

What we do about Iran’s growing influence and the future bankruptcy of the House of Saud, due to low oil prices and diminishing tax revenues, is another matter but the West needs to be ready to encourage regime change across all the Gulf States whilst achieving rapprochement with Russia to contain Iran’s Mullahs.

John Gelmini