Author Archives: James Byers

An Unnatural Peace

In Shakespeare’s Henry V, which reaches its denouement with the victory of King Hal and the English “happy few” over the mighty French Army at Agincourt (the 600th anniversary of which was celebrated only a few days ago), the final scenes … Continue reading

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On PM Abe’s 70th Anniversary Speech

Today, the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese Surrender to the Allies in World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a speech-the full text of which can be read here (in English)-commemorating the end of the war, and remarking upon … Continue reading

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On Principle and Expediency in Syria and Iraq

The intervention of Turkey in Syria has come as a “FINALLY” moment for many of us watching the Syrian Crisis, for good or for ill. The reasoning behind the long delay of Turkish movement to counter ISIS is easy to … Continue reading

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What we left behind in Korea

Today marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the Korean War of 1950-1953. It is often remembered as “the forgotten war” in the United States, lost somewhere between the good war of 1941-1945 and the bad war of … Continue reading

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The War in the West; What Now?

A few months ago, I wrote of the potential challenges of a joint thrust by the Iraqi Military and supporting elements against Mosul, following on successes in January and February in halting the ISIS blitzkrieg on the north-south axis and … Continue reading

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Victory in Europe

May 8th will mark the 70th Anniversary of the German Surrender to Allied Forces, VE Day, with the Russians celebrating a day later. The Kremlin’s victory celebration has regained a decidedly ominous timbre with the renewed tensions between Russia and … Continue reading

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Silence to Remember Silence

In Israel today, sirens rang out across the country which brought traffic to a standstill and led to a moment of national silence. The silence is a commemoration of a day of remembrance for the Holocaust, the Shoah, a state-mandated genocide … Continue reading

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