The Disaffected Lib: Driving Round Pegs Into Square Holes – Why We Keep Screwing Up in the Middle East

Since 1918 with the defeat of the Kaiser’s Germany triggered the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the West has established a reputation for screwing up in the Middle East.  It can be said to have begun with the French and British carving up the place to suit their interests, drawing straight lines where none existed ...

The Disaffected Lib: Why Tibet Will Never Be Free

This map says it all: The Tibetan plateau is key to controlling the headwaters of just about every major river in East and South Asia.   China controls Tibet, it controls most of the water that it and its neighbours depend upon. As written on this blog for years, it was always going to come down ...