[Mil.com] Estonia may be one of NATO's smallest members, but its air force commander had the strongest words for Russian aggression in Ukraine at a gathering of allied military leaders.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's "war against Ukraine did not really come as a surprised to us," Col. Jaak Tarien, commander of the Estonian Air Force, told an audience at the U.S. Air Force Association's 2014 Air and Space Conference.
Speaking with a group of NATO military leaders, Tarien reminded how Soviet Russia launched a similar operation in Estonia in 1924.
"Soviet Russia sent infiltrators to our young republic. They tried to rally local people to demonstrate against our government," he said.
The Estonian people did not want to go along.
"So on the night of Dec. 1, they tried to take over key government buildings and take over the post office was the key to their success because then they were supposed to send a telegraph to Moscow asking, in the name of a newly formed government, to send in assistance troops which were already forming up on our eastern border," Tarien said. "Sounds familiar doesn't it?
[DAWN] AS reports pour in of the havoc wrought by this season's flood -- of lives lost, property washed away, livestock drowned, crops damaged and infrastructure destroyed -- unbearable is the feeling that this is less due to nature's wrath than human folly. Much of the misery caused to the people could have been avoided.
This despite the fact that some significant steps have been taken over the past few decades to improve the country's disaster management capacity. Gone are the days when disasters were addressed by a tiny desk in the Cabinet Division and all that was required was waiving of land revenue/irrigation charges for the affected farmers.
Now we have disaster management authorities at the centre and in the provinces. The defence forces, the army in particular, are still largely responsible for rescuing the marooned people. But one notices that Rescue 1122 is also quite active -- to the extent its resources permit -- though one misses the civil defence and municipal rescue services that used to be active up to the 1960s.
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[WAPO] BLUF: An air-only counterterrorism effort will fail because the Islamic State is not, as Obama claimed in his address, "a terrorist organization, pure and simple." The group governs a swath of territory the size of the United Kingdom. It rules cities. It collects taxes. It controls natural resources and is bringing in $3 million a day in oil revenue. It has a conventional army -- one that has won battles against other conventional armies. As Obama's own defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, has put it, "They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess, they are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything that we've seen. So we must prepare for everything."
[SPECTATOR.ORG] The more violence that comes out of the Islamic world, the more that the Left insists Islam is a "religion of peace." The rise of ISIS has inspired Western leaders to redouble their attempts at reeducation. Appointing themselves Islamic authorities, they declare that ISIS is "not Islamic."
These Western leaders are far more protective of Islam than their own historic religion. They are willing to subject Christianity to scrutiny for its supposedly reactionary teachings, even as they hold that the doctrines of Islam are flawless and beyond criticism.
At Yale this week, student groups that typically sponsor critics of Christianity denounced the appearance of a critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, on campus. Had Ali arrived to blame Ray Rice's domestic violence on patriarchal American culture, she would have been welcomed with open arms. But, instead, she came bearing a message they didn't want to hear: that Islamic culture mistreats women. As a victim of genital mutilation and forced marriage at the hands of Muslims in Somalia, Hirsi Ali is understandably baffled by the Left's enthusiasm for Islam.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.