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At a time when the new American president seems intent on undermining the institutions of the post-WWII order a new counter-order is rising. China and Russia have ostensibly fully subscribed to the post-war world order, they are full members of the UN Security Council and other major international bodies, but they are also in accord on their opposition to American leadership. I suppose it's fair to say that they are not so much opposed the the post-war system, it's just that they want to be the leaders of the world system and not the United States. At some point, such profound differences will no longer be contained by diplomacy and will spill over into overt conflict. This has become a very dangerous time in world history.
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Let that last sentence sink in, "China has claimed as much as 90 percent of international waters as its own," and you see the crux of the problem. The laws, traditions and customs that govern the seas have been well established by sea-going nations and they are, in short, nothing new. China knows full well that they are claiming more than they are entitled to under international law. They have adopted the simple and arrogant attitude of a thug: yeah, who's gonna stop me?
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The strategic relationship between Russia, Iran and Turkey is probably one of the most significant prophetic developments in the last decade. Let's keep an eye on these guys!
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Terrorists strike the heart of Europe. Praying for the people of Brussels and for the diligence of the Belgian security services in preventing further attacks.
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The Islamic State's barbaric attacks on Christians have been well documented and have included beheadings and crucifixion as well as harsh imposition of sharia law, misuse of blasphemy laws and taxes on non-muslims. Christians have been deprived of life, liberty and livelihood under their harsh and repressive rule. Diplomacy often moves at a glacial pace and these offenses have been going on for some time, but it's nice to see these facts acknowledged on the record.
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A final Mideast peace agreement will have to wait for a future world leader to make it happen.
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Watching closely to see if Iran implements the deal. They are demonstrative a real lack of enthusiasm.
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The loss of life would have been much greater if it struck a major population center. Still, this was a very big earthquake.
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I'm sure those young knife wielders respect such diplomacy and will soon end their reign of terror. Right?
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