Iran is a country the size of Alaska, two-thirds of it is mountain or desert, and it has 80 million people, lots of industry and good science and technology. Invading it would make the Vietnam war look like a tea party. So any ground fighting between Iran and its enemies would be more likely to happen in the countries between them: Syria and Iraq.
What really drives Trumpâ€™s hatred of the deal, in all likelihood, is simply the fact that it was one of Obamaâ€™s major successesâ€”what Macron referred to as 'domestic reasons.' It fits a pattern.
The Kim dynasty inherited a devastated country at the end of the Korean War in 1953. Its cities were levelled and at least a million people had been killed. The Chinese troops who had helped North Korea went home after the war, but the American troops stayed in South Korea. Moreover, the Americans had nuclear weapons and would not promise not to use themâ€”and there was no peace treaty, just an armistice.
Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison last week, former South African president Jacob Zuma is facing corruption charges, and former Brazilian president Luiz InÃ¡cio Lula da Silva began serving a 12-year jail term for corruption.
Eugenio Scalfari doesnâ€™t mind the fact that the Vatican subsequently denies what he reported the Pope said, and that Francis himself tacitly goes along with that denial. Itâ€™s a game that both men play, and the accuracy of Scalfariâ€™s reports is amply demonstrated by the fact that Francis keeps giving him more interviews despite his alleged â€˜mis-reportingâ€™ of previous ones.
Is Iran actually supplying missiles to the Houthis that are being fired at Saudi Arabia? If so, then the United States, Saudi Arabiaâ€™s main ally, has an excuse to attack Iran.
'Now mass media are everywhere, and even the dictators have to pretend that they are in power by the will of the people,' writes Gwynne Dyer.
Although Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte occasionally talks about abolishing the Congress and leading a self-appointed 'revolutionary government,' he is unlikely to be able to carry it off, because by then he wonâ€™t be popular any more. The Philippines will not prosper under his rule.