Thought for the Day

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." - Confucius

Monday, March 2, 2015

Some links for Monday Readings

It is PSYOP not PSYOPS  (at least the author did not use MISO).  From the Red Team Analysis Society.  

Nevertheless this has some interesting information with many useful citations for those looking at this issue.


The Foreign Policy Essay: The South Korean Sentry—A “Killer Robot” to Prevent War

By 
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Excerpt:

"It's not hard for a political leader anywhere to earn cheap applause by vilifying a former enemy. But such provocations produce paralysis, not progress," she said during a seminar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington think tank, in what appeared to be a reference to South Korea and China. "To move ahead, we have to see beyond what was to envision what might be."


 Parties denounce U.S. diplomat's remarks on S. Korea-Japan ties

2015/03/02 16:10

Although he is my boss, I do strongly recommend Bruce's new book Anonymous Soldiers.  It holds many lessons for today.

March 2, 2015

Why Terrorism Works

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André da Loba for The Chronicle Review

Excerpt.  And the highlighted portion below should beg the question of whether we can find any Syrian opposition organizations whose interest can align with the US.  That might be the crux of the problem with our entire effort in Syria.

They have argued for weeks a freeze plan is fundamentally flawed.
When it was first mooted by Mistura, Hadi al-Bahra, then-president of the Syrian National Coalition, dismissed the idea. “Assad’s brutality and repression has been an incubator for extremism,” he said.
“Cease-fires and limiting existing violence provide a temporary solution, but not a permanent resolution of the crisis. Cease-fires without a clear vision for a full and comprehensive political solution will give the regime time to regroup and reorganize itself to continue its crimes against the Syrian people at a later stage,” he added.
Rebel antipathy to a cease-fire only deepened.
Infuriated by Washington’s focus on the Islamic State group, Syrian rebels have feared the West is ready to sign off on a behind-the-scenes bargain with Assad, one permitting him to remain in power.



Very interesting initiative.  Whether it is feasible or if it ever comes to pass I think the discussion alone is important as it puts pressure on the issues of human rights and  the Kim Family Regime.  And of course north Korea is unlikely to participate in the peace park initiative. 

And I think the title is a little misleading - the DMZ is not north Korea's.

Seoul hopes to build U.N. headquarters, peace park near North Korea’s DMZ

By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Monday, March 2, 2015

Perhaps he should have added "next time."








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