Governments that engage in short-term 'games of thrones' sometimes find that the pieces they bring to the chessboard have a curious and unwanted ability to move by themselves.
Blair can't understand why the world doesn't admire him as much as he admires himself: in his public appearances he increasingly looks like a haunted and hunted man.
By the end of World War II, the US and Britain were bombing Japanese and German cities to terrorize the people who lived in them and transmit a ‘message’ to the inhabitants of cities who had not been bombed.
The natural desire of so many people to 'do something' about a horrible crime like this should not translate into simplistic and reductionist moral crusades that blind us to its deeper causes.
The Palestinian people subject to military occupation, colonization and the forced dispossession of the territory they inhabit are not obliged to ‘recognize’ the existence of their occupiers.
"I know that no matter how badly it all turns out, no matter how many people die as a result of the policies I am advocating, it will be worth it because I will get richer and richer."
Former UK army captain Mike Martin, shows the Afghan war as it is, rather than how our political and military leaders would like us to see it, and the picture that he paints is often jaw-dropping.
From time to time, unequivocal evidence reaches us that war is about killing as well as dying, and that our soldiers are not necessarily the most exemplary specimens of humanity after all.
What is David Cameron's reaction to the killing of 1000 Muslim brotherhood supporters, mass imprisonment of thousands more, show trials handing down 529 death sentences?
No matter how many times the consequences of ‘humanitarian interventions’ fail to live up to their expectations, nothing shakes the media's fairytale version of Western foreign policy.