1. More on why and how the US is losing the "War on Terror". And it's not just symbolic "we gave up the moral high ground" crap. It's "al'Qaeda wants us to spend ourselves into bankruptcy, and we're hard at work doing just that."
2. Cloudy with a chance of insurgency. (H/T Andrew Boutton). Some (of the many) reasons you shouldn't believe the recent Nature article.
3. Josh Goldstein on why we're closer to world peace than you think. Whether you buy the overall conclusion or the arguments about how/why we got here, there are some basic facts here that are not as widely known as they ought to be.
4. No two countries with Subway restaurants have ever gone to war. Obviously tongue-in-cheek, but I think the debate about whether it's development or democracy that brought peace to the Western world is far from settled.
5. Egypt considers buffer zone with Israel. The deterioration of Israeli-Egyptian ties continues. Probably not heading back to anything nearly as ugly as the 50s and 60s, but something to keep an eye on while you're busy prematurely celebrating other glorious triumphs of the Arab Spring. (How many democracies have been established as a result so far, by the way? Oh, right, none.)
6. Has anyone noticed that al'Qaeda bombed Algeria to punish them for supporting the Qaddafis? Do any of the US academics and pundits basking in the glow of victory in Libya care about the fact that AQ sees the Libyan rebels as allies?
7. Why did Japan surrender? (H/T Hein Goemans.) Probably not because of the atomic bombings.
8. Ongoing Iraqi violence almost makes American invasion seem pointless. If you don't love the Onion, I pity you.
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