Together – for a destabilised Middle East.

Illustration: Blogger’s montage.

Rise and fall

Buh-bye, #NATO?

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement today, that Europe can no longer “completely depend” on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit, reminds me of a blog post I published about a year ago; Trump, Putin at the helm – NATO in dissaray, voicing the eventuality of a European NATO exit, in order to build a European alliance, based on the remnants of WEU (Western European Union) and EUFOR, for instance.

Chancellor Merkel’s address in Munich today brings the issue to the table once more – an issue this blogger, for one, finds increasingly appealing.

Zagan Poland Nato USA soldiers military
U.S. Army NATO and Polish Soldiers provide reception and security for arriving U.S. helicopters and Soldiers at a Polish Army training area in Zagan, Poland, June 12, 2015. Photo from U.S. Army.

An imminent Norwegian EU membership is of course a given, unless we prefer to continue regarding ourselves more of an American protectorate than a European country, of course.

I sincerely hope not.

Photo: The European Union and the world. Photo from the European Commission.

Sorry about that. Just a spur of the moment thing.

Je suis Jarlie
C’est moi!

Caption should read “1692–1693”, of course. Oh well, too late now, seeing as text an integrated part of image.

U.S. President Donald Trump. Official White house portrait.
U.S. President Donald Trump. Official White house portrait.

I’m confident that, like the rest of us, many an American is beginning to ask him or herself if maybe enough is actually enough.

If Watergate was unbearable, then surely they cannot tolerate this.

Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump. Detail from official White house portrait.

Tricky Dick’s equal finally found?

It took 43 years, but it would appear that at long last America finally found Richard M. Nixon’s equal – not that I’m surprised, mind you.

I know I should give the current U.S. president the benefit of the doubt, and I will, but I won’t hold my breath.

Also, please bear with me for reposting this clip, originally posted a couple of weeks ago (give it a go, it’s really, really good):

Illustration: Richard Milhous Nixon, U.S. president 20 January 1969 – 9 August 1974. Photo digitally processed by blogger.

No, really

Godspeed, Macron

You may have noticed a significant drop in posts related to politics and international affairs lately, mostly due to a similarly growing disillusion and dwindling faith in humankind.

If what we perceived as the beacon of western democracy could elect a rambling fascist head of state, then so can France, although I quietly hope they won’t, in spite of Russia’s numerous attempts at preventing the reasonable outcome.

So crossing fingers, but have given up the last flicker of personal engagement entirely.

In a world this dark, there’s precious little you can do, other than pretending it simply isn’t there.

Godspeed, though, M. Emmanuel Macron.

Photo: En Marche! party leader Emmanuel Macron. Photograph from Business France/Flickr.

There’s no denying that I’m tempted to continue regarding North Korea ruler Kim Jong-un with the amusement with which I have viewed him up until recently, but owe it to myself to remind me that even Adolf Hitler, despite his evil nature, was considered quite the clown.

As is Donald J. Trump.

As is Kim Jong-un.

Now that cannot be good.