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With the plethora of quality titles expected this Fall and the near future, E3 has the inner nerd in us all salivating for more. Whether you want some classic RPG action such as Skyrim or the twin towers of FPS in Battlefield 3 and COD:MW3, E3 had a little something something for us all. I know personally I am absolutely psyched for Skyrim and that has to be my top pick for Most Anticipated game, although the competition is pretty fierce. Tell me your Most anticipated choices below!
Sorry for the scarcity of recent posts, summer semester has been kicking my ass recently and I have been busy. However I’m back and just in time for a plethora of new issues waiting to be discussed. From Syria dropping the “Hama” to E3 2011 even venturing into the depths of Music, Look forward to a flurry of updates in the coming days!
Dropping the Hammer Hama?
So first on the plate and in my mind is the going on five months of unrest in Syria, which has long been a relatively stable region of the middle east due to Hafiz Assad’s tough handed methods of control. unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective the current Assad is having a hard time reacting to the overflow of the “Arab Spring” into his own domain.
1972. The second largest city of Syria, Hama a town of 80,000 is a purported h.q. of Syria’s sect of the Muslim Brotherhood. A “fundamentalist” (a loose interpretation of the word) group founded in Egypt and subsequently widespread in the Arab world. Back on topic dear old to send a message to restless population of Hama by sending in his crack troops, mostly Alawites of his own tribe, and killing reportedly as many as 20,000 people. As a result the next several decades have been as stable and peaceful as can be expected in the digital powder keg of the Near East.
Back to 2011 and the Arab Spring’s effect on the believed to have been curbed population of Hama is showing, as the civilians kicked out military and police officials leading to the death of 94 civilians over several weeks. Now the two sides are at a virtual standstill and what Assad plans to do remains to be seen. Will he take the of his father and crush the town of Hama again? Risking the wrath of the international community after having been focused on Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt. Or will he promise reform that will never come? Perhaps he will actually reform, but in either case it seems that more bloodshed is in the future as the Arab Spring continues to bloom across the region.
With the world’s attention on the violent civil war in Libya, who will rescue intervene?
It is easy to see it is only a matter of time before some of the world’s more powerful and influential nations openly pick a side in the North Africa conflict and decide its time to step in. There have already been talks of supposed no fly zones and U.N. resolutions, but the real question is which side will come out victorious and perhaps even more importantly who do the powers-at-be want to see come out of the fighting on top.
With talks of American involvement or enforcement of no fly zones or sanctions, it is certain to cause some problems back home what with the two quagmired foreign wars already going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. With both parties hounding a patient approach and desiring little intervention, no one can know which way Obama will ultimately lean. One thing is assured, the deploying of any American troops into another warzone will most certainly cause serious domestic problems back in the states.
Despite the World’s “tip-toeing” around the issue and many people’s understandable restraints about getting involved in another messy conflict, the human side of the war and the devastation being wreaked upon many innocent Libyan civilians is certainly heart-wrenching. The tales of Sub-Saharan mercenaries gunning down “wily-nily” whoever they want and Gadhafi’s air support bombing cities unequivocally run headlines across the globe as human empathy is sure to weigh in on whatever is ultimately decided to be done about the fighting. With such atrocities being seen in the media it remains a matter of time before nations or organizations (such as NATO or the U.N. or the Arab League) step in and do something concrete about the issue and ultimately pick a side.
With sorrow for the victims yet restraint insofar as stepping in, this administration’s decision will be undoubtedly hard to make. With that being said: what do you all think your respective governments should or shouldn’t do in regards to the Libyan Civil War? Should the U.N. put a stronger foot forward or should a “local” organization such as the Arab League or African Union step in? Do you echo the American’s reluctance to step forward as they have in Iraq and Afghanistan? Looking forward to some lively debates and opinions below!
Will the Democrat’s “Obamadible” President have a guaranteed victory in ’12?
With Obama’s approval rating dropping to 45-48% does the Republican Party sense an opening or will Obama essentially win by default? That’s the million dollar question these days, as a horde of candidates stealthy wait in the eaves to declare their bids for the White House. It is odd that an incumbent, especially one in such a “seemingly” weak position, is finding it hard to locate opponents to his seemingly assured bid to run for reelection. Certainly one would think his own party might be hesitant to provide challengers, however the GOP’s lack of openly committed candidates must inspire confidence for the Democrats as they gear up.
Who then would even consider a run that most are viewing as a sure win for the “blues”? Perhaps the “Rogue” herself or the “Stormin’ Mormon” Mitt Romney? Or America’s favorite Fox News Personality Mike “Huck Finn” Huckabee? None of these big contenders from ’08 seem to be eager to shout out their candidacy. Who blame them though with comfy television spots or pricey book deals, who wants to leave such comfort for the hard campaign trail against an incumbent who is heavily favored? Not to mention the two lingering wars and economic downturn that certainly do not provide a healthy atmosphere for the Republican’s platform.
With the hesitancy of a sure challenger to appear from either aisle, perhaps a better question is which candidates are gearing up for a bid in 2016 when no incumbent looms over the election. Most certainly Mr. Huckabee with his Fox News gig can use the time to chip away at the Dem’s faults and who can blame Mrs. Palin for leaving “her Alaska”? Even Hillary with her Sec. of State gig can use her current standing as leverage and world experience as a big boost in the ’16 Presidential bid, not to mention the multitude of serious and not so serious (Trump 2012/2016) challengers who will most certainly come out of the woodwork ready for a go at the White House. A House which will hopefully be surrounded by a better economic and political climate in 5+ years. Only time will tell, but one can be assured that 2016 is marked on both parties calendars as time goes by…
Nothing like some divisive/contentious U.S. politics to start off the blog, eh?
P.S. Please Chime in with some feedback in the comments section since this is my first post!