Monthly Archives: September 2014

Is war justified?

The current situation in the Middle East, mainly in Syria & Iraq, has spiralled beyond anyone’s controlled -almost. As we hear news of large swaths of land in both war ravaged Syria and also Iraq being gobbled up by the IS fighters I can’t help but draw a parallel with the evil forces that ravaged Middle Earth in Tolkien’s classic tale – The Lord of the Rings.

In both we see hordes of seemingly unstoppable warriors swoop down on innocent communities and gobbling them up in their headlong rush. The result in the Middle East is that of hundreds of thousands of people, Kurds, Christians & Syrians alike have fled from the advancing IS forces while those who were not so lucky and are now living under IS rule witness constant violence and fear.

After mass executions, beheadings and persecution of many innocent people the world is finally trying to respond the the threat. The US has already launched air strikes with 5 Arab States participating or supporting the strikes. The UK has just voted in favour of British involvement in the strikes against the IS while other EU nations are preparing their own response.

That other Arab nations have joined the fray against the IS is an important factor however the question remains – Is force, war, justified?

Something has to be done. The world cannot sit back and watch while the IS slaughter and terrorise their way across the Mid East. Yet is using force to counter terror justifiable, is war and all the anguish that is causes the right way to go about it? No matter what actions are taken, be they peacefully or military the IS and those who sympathise with it (and surprisingly enough – or not? you choose – there are sympathisers among the western world) will always find a way and a reason to attack the western world. And any hint of weakness from the forces of the west will only embolden the IS further.

Yet is it possible to justify violence with the cause? The crusades rediscovered?


Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

Money talking here and it will be those who have it that would enjoy a continuation of internet experience as we know it now should these laws be adopted.
Is this possible? What next if not a throttling of free speech as seen in some dictatorial countries?

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“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

Net Neutrality under…

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