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TERRORISM ‘POST’-ISIS — by Dr Michael Brenner

Prof Michael BrennerMost Americans think they know what “terrorism” is: what happened on 9/11, what happened in Orlando.  Islamic militants murdering innocent civilians out of hate and in the cause of Islamist jihad. Experience shapes how we understand the world. The Global War On Terror has been oriented accordingly.More formal definitions of “terrorism” try to […]

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VIETNAM: WAS & COULD HAVE BEENS — Dr Michael Brenner

We all are familiar with George Santayana’s dictum that “those who ignore history are destined to repeat it.”  If the past referred to notable successes, then repetition would not be a bad thing. Of course, he had in mind costly failures. His skeptical view of human enterprise held that initiative rarely achieved its end unless […]

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ON FUTILITY

Prof Michael Brenner, Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, USAA few people have asked me why I have stopped commenting on American party/electoral politics. The answer is simple: we know what the state of affairs is, we know the elements that have produced it, we know what has to be done – […]

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UNCLE SAM – THE HYSTERIC

Prof Michael Brenner, Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, USA “better nurse a delicious FANCY Than GAG ON TRUTH”  -​Michelangelo PREFACE Truth is the object of our desires. Yet the supply always exceeds the demand. That anomaly is the point of departure for this collection of thoughts. Everyone talks about the truth, but most […]