If Trump & America were ‘strong’ they wouldn’t need to constantly remind us.

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America is the strongest country in the world, militarily it outspends the next eight countries combined. They spend more on their military than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, UK, India and Germany, so why does Donald Trump feel the need to tell everyone what they are capable of?

The world economy is so wrapped up in the dollar that internal economic problems in the US nearly brought the world economy to its knees ten years ago. Arguably the world economy was built by the US, and mainly for the US.

Sun Tzu states; “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

So why is Donald Trump giving it bluster and big mouth? It isn’t a sign of strength to tell everyone you’re strong, it isn’t a sign of strength to keep repeating how great you are. These are signs of weakness, using big bold statements to shock everyone, to deflect from the truth, is an attempt to try and hide behind them.

If you look at Donald Trump’s words with this in mind then, his over the top reaction to North Korea becomes (if it wasn’t so scary) comical. North Korea cannot stand up to the US military, it cannot commit economically (the US has had sanctions and embargo’s on them since forever).

These countries are not on equal footing and far from it. Now if you compare how Trump is ‘handling’ (I use that term loosely) North Korea with how Obama handled Iran, it clearly shows us which is the correct way to handle these kind of situations.

Ultimately a country like America telling the world they are ready for fire, that they are locked and loaded, that they have the greatest nuclear arsenal, doesn’t prove they are strong, it proves they are weak. You could expect that kind of geopolitical play from a two bit player, or a despotic dictator, but from a country at the top like America? If it’s first response is that kind of rhetoric, empty as it probably is, what else can they do? How do they ramp that up? It must feel that its position is threatened.

True strength would have been reaching a compromise, and defusing the situation without having to resort to the threat of nuclear war. If a country as insignificant as North Korea can bring the world to the brink of nuclear war, it doesn’t bode well for the future of humanity.

It then brings us to one of two possibilities, either Donald Trump is a weak president, or America is in a weakening position in the world and so it is lashing out. It could be one or the other, or it could be a little bit of both, only time will tell.

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Can we really trust a rogue nuclear state like America?

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As the doomsday clock inches ever closer to midnight it’s time we start talking about the biggest rogue state in the world, the playground bully of countries – America. We all need to ask ourselves – Can we really trust a rogue nuclear state like America?

Trump the front man of this medley of destruction, the big baby who has come to epitomize everything that is wrong within our western society, is now getting a hard on over the red button. He has warned fire and fury, while boasting that America has the strongest and most powerful nuclear arsenal it has ever had.

You would be mistaken for thinking that his lines were drawn from some cheesy 80s action film, or that he is trying to emulate the villains of Die Hard, but sadly this is the real world and leaders around the globe will be listening.

After all America has spent the majority of its history at war, it used its position of power and influence post ww2 to web a tangled weave of empire around the globe. Its arrogance and position further elevated once the Berlin Wall came down, as it reigned as the sole superpower.

It has invaded countless countries, it has let nothing stand in its way, taking whatever it wants by any means necessary, be it through force, ‘diplomacy,’ economic warfare or subterfuge. It has used secret services to assassinate democratically elected leaders, it has waged war to protect the interest of American business against sovereign nations, and it has backed military coup after military coup – all in the pursuit of world hegemony.

It is with a sense of irony then that a world order that America created, with it firmly sitting at the top, is now under threat not by a foreign power, but by its own president. The world at large has been enthralled to American power and has watched rather helplessly during the American century, but America isn’t what it once was, if there ever was a time to break America’s stranglehold on the world, surely this would be it?

Surely the UN and other global power players must now be looking at America for what it is; a rogue state and a threat to world peace. I have little faith in these institutions, seeing how tied up they are to the US (they even got away with waging an illegal war). But just Imagine if Putin were making similar comments to Trump, we would be calling for action – yet America as the ruling superpower of the world can do as it pleases.

All empires must fall, and we are slowly seeing the wheels come off of this one. The only question left then is: do we want to be its final victims?

Syria: Too many bombs spoil the broth

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By the time you are reading this the die would of already been cast, parliament will of already decided to extend its war into another country, or it will have not, but one thing is for certain there is no end in sight for the war on terror.

Ask yourself do you believe the world is a safer place?

A safer place after Iraq, after Afghanistan and after Libya?

After Mali and all the other skirmishes against the war on terror. Have all the bombs, all the dead soldiers and all the wasted life made you feel more secure in your home?

When you turn your light off at night and put your head down to rest do you rest easy and comfortable in the fact that you know British bombs are being dropped on foreign countries, and people and soldiers are dying in far flung lands?

I for one do not feel any safer in fact if the media is to be believed I should feel less safe now than I did in 2001.

In Afghanistan and Iraq we brought our full military might to bear, as did the coalition forces and what did we ultimately achieve? Did we wipe out Al-Qaeda, did we stamp out terrorism?

Nope, in fact we did the complete opposite.

As the former head of MI5 Baroness Manningham-Buller stated: “Our involvement in Iraq radicalised, for want of a better word, a whole generation of young people – not a whole generation, a few among a generation – who saw our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as being an attack upon Islam.”

She went on to state that our military involvement in both places substantially increased the terror threat to this country.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, if then with our full military might we actually made this country unsafe, then what do we expect to achieve with just our air force?

The phrase “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” comes to mind but we don’t just have a hammer, we have a multitude of tools that we could be using to bring about an end to ISIS, so the question has to be asked, why are we not using them?

A military solution with no end game in sight, no way out, no plan for victory is just a repeat of the same mistakes which brought us to this dreadful place in the first place.

We need to be utilizing all the tools available to us to combat ISIS, throwing more bombs into the war will not defeat this enemy, it is an ideology you cannot defeat it with bullets.

The generals in the First World War are discredited in history for their pig headed stubbornness in throwing young lads over the tops to their deaths, even though the tactics were not working they continued onwards.

The same can be said with the war on terror, our military actions have been counter productive, it is time we look at changing our tactics.

We can put pressure on regional countries which are making ISIS possible, go after the source of their income, cut off their weapons and ammo supplies.

Look into diplomacy with Russia and Assad, while at the same time support regional forces which have proven they can be reliable, the Kurds for example.

The choice isn’t between bombs or more bombs, there is more than one way to combat and ultimately defeat ISIS.

Funnily enough our allies Turkey have been bombing the hell out of one of the only forces in Syria which have been truly successful against ISIS, the Kurds in Rojava, and their allies.

Our efforts however to pursue non-military measures against ISIS are hampered by the fact some of our “allies” are less than willing to help.

In the end the only people that will profit from dropping bombs are arms companies and terrorist organisations which can use it as a propaganda tool. If anything with each bomb dropped we are further away from our goal, because inevitable each bomb either causes civilian casualties or takes us that much closer to the bomb that will.

For example when the USA bombed a Doctors without Borders hospital, I’m sure that caused a lot of terror to those involved but it is ok, because well they apologised so it makes it all better, right? I’m sure the victim families really understood that by killing their loved ones we were doing it to protect them in the long run of course.

If our recent history is to believed however one thing is for certain this will end in failure. What are your views on Syrian intervention and ISIS? Let me know in the comments below.