Few countries are in a better position than Turkey to help the United States fight Islamic State. The moderate Islamic country shares a 750 mile border with Syria, is a NATO member and a long-time ally of America. But don’t hold your breath for Turkey’s support.
The Great Debate
I finally watched the Ray Rice video, the one of the Baltimore Ravens star running back decking his wife in an elevator. If you haven’t seen it, do, and then decide whether you agree with the victim that this is a private matter between her and her husband. Really? In what universe is knocking someone else out a private matter?
Every major road in Scotland is now festooned with signs and billboards saying either “Yes” or the more genteel “No thanks” – but the big difference is that most of the “No thanks” signs have been vandalized.
from Mark Leonard:
Scotland's drive to independence has been interpreted by many as a throwback to ancient identity politics – but many of the trends on display in the Scottish referendum have more to do with the politics of the future than those of the past.
Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.
from Stories I’d like to see:
1. What’s the matter with Andrew Cuomo?
By now I assume New Yorker editor David Remnick has assigned someone to do a profile of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is fast becoming the Howard Hughes of big-time politicians.
Back when most of today’s Western decision-makers were in college, Sting had a hit song with “Russians.” It began:
There are hours to go until people in Scotland answer the question posed to them in an historic referendum: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”