Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Arab Spring (and Fall)

Again for later reading: StrategyPage on the Middle East.

and although Arab terrorism gets the headlines, the other wars/insurgencies kill too, but are ignored, including the narcowar in Mexico.

A previous post said that Mexico was a failed state, but because ten percent of their population fled north, didn't implode. 
And of course the wars of Central Africa rarely even make the last page unless a Baboon or gorilla hits the dust.

Since the Cold War ended in 1991 there have been fewer wars (in the traditional sense) and more low level conflicts (rebellions, civil wars). Most people are unaware of this situation, because the mass media never made a lot of the (Great Nuclear Threat), it was something that was just there and not worth reporting. Besides, "nukes (bombs, power plants, medicine) are evil" sells if you are in the news business.  Calling any incident, with a lot of gunfire and a few dead bodies, a "war" has also been misleading. The fact is, worldwide violence has been declining since the end of the Cold War and the elimination of Russian subsidies and encouragement for pro-communist (or simply pro-Russia) rebels and terrorists. The media also has a hard time keeping score. For years, Iraq was portrayed as a disaster until, suddenly, the enemy was crushed and the war was won. Even that was not considered exciting enough to warrant much attention, and that story is still poorly covered. Same pattern is playing out in Afghanistan, where the defeats of the Taliban, and triumph of the drug gangs, go unreported or distorted. However, if you step back and take a look at all the wars going on, a more accurate picture emerges.
they then list all the wars of the world alphabetically....

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