The Unz Review:ㅤBrutal, Chaotic War – Norms, Conventions and Laws of Conduct Are Being Erased, by Alastair Crooke

We stand on the cusp of what might be termed Chaotic War. Not the formula used by Israel often in the past to intimidate adversaries; this is different. Israeli reporter Eddie Cohen said, in the wake of the attack on the Iranian Consulate: “We are very clear that we want to start a war with Iran and Hezbollah. Do you still not understand?” “Israel wants to drag Iran into a full-scale war in order to

The Unz Review:ㅤIsrael’s War, Netanyahu’s Gamble, by Alastair Crooke

Netanyahu is gambling hugely with Israel’s (and America’s) future – and may lose. U.S. Democratic Party support for Israel is fast fissuring – an “ideological tremor”, Peter Beinart (editor of Jewish Currents) calls it. Since 7 Oct “it has become an earthquake” – a “Great Rupture”. This concerns the fusion of Liberalism to Zionism that long has defined the Democratic Party: “Israel’s war in Gaza has supercharged a transformation on the American Left. Solidarity with

The Unz Review:ㅤMacron’s Psycho-Play to Keep Aloft the Punctured Balloon of a ‘Geo-Political EU’, by Alastair Crooke

It seems that Marcon imagines he is playing some complicated game of psycho-deterrence with Moscow – one characterised by radical ambiguity. Charles Michel, the European Council President, has called on Europe to switch to a ‘war economy’. He justifies this call partly as urgent support for Ukraine, but more pertinently, as the need for relaunching the (beached) European economy by focussing on the defence industry. Calls ring out across Europe: ‘We are in a pre-war

The Unz Review:ㅤThe Resistance’s Disruptive Military Innovation May Determine the Fate of Israel, by Alastair Crooke

Looking back to what I wrote in 2012, in the midst of the so-called Arab Spring and its aftermath, it is striking just how much the Region has shifted. It is now almost 180° re-orientated. Then, I argued, “That the Arab Spring “Awakening” is taking a turn, very different to the excitement and promise with which it was hailed at the outset. Sired from an initial, broad popular impulse, it is becoming increasingly understood, and