638 – Cause and defect – Playing the blame game over Iran’s downing of Flight 752

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Jan 232020
 


Under a cloak of plausible deniability, Iran has argued that its downing of Ukrainian Flight 752 over Tehran was both ‘accidental’ and ‘caused’ by Trump’s ordering the killing of Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani. Indeed, many argue that this tragedy would never have happened “if President Donald Trump had not decided to kill that Iranian general.”

While this may indeed be so, it is not proof of causality. ‘Motivation’ alone is not a ‘cause’. Iran could have chosen to respond in a myriad of different ways. To argue that Trump’s decision ‘caused’ the downing of Flight 752 is defective logic. For Iran, It is a narrative constructed to avoid taking direct responsibility for its unconscionable action.

Whether in physics or in the realm of human behavior, ‘causes’ are not metaphysical realities; they are an epistemological phenomenon. In other words, by assigning a ‘cause’ to a specific consequence, we are in reality constructing a narrative for some given purpose or objective. In this case, that purpose consists of assigning moral responsibility to some individual, group or government in the pursuit of justice.

Therefore the real question that bears asking is this: Were the actions of Iran justifiable given the circumstances? The correct answer depends upon the standards of one’s judgement. Continue reading »

On The Brink of War – Salim Mansur

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Jan 092020
 

Hightened tensions in Iraq and Iran have overshadowed the conflicts that the Americans are having at home with their President once again becoming the target of Democratic terrorist sympathizers.

Congress, the Press, and many Americans have forgotten their history by condemning President Trump’s actions in Iraq and the taking out of terrorist Qassem Soleimani. Where once they lauded President Reagan for the assassination attempt on Muammar Gaddafi in 1986 and hailed President Obama as a hero for conducting the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, Trump is vilified for acting in the nation’s defense and interests in Iraq.

Professor Emeritus Salim Mansur of Western University once again reminds us of the hypocrisy of the Trump-deranged Democrats and the two-faced media by putting the latest actions in the Middle East in historical perspective.


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583 – Globalism – A national crisis

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Nov 222018
 

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Remembrance Day ceremonies in France this past November 11 turned out to be a sad reminder of much more than the 100-year-old tragedy that was WWI.

With French president Emmanuel Macron charging that “The old demons are rising again,” one is forced to conclude that he was looking in a mirror. Citing the dangers of ‘nationalism’ and the ‘collective good’ of ‘globalism,’ Macron demonstrated loud and clear that he is among the demons.

When he acknowledged that the “traces of this war never went away,” Macron was indeed ironic; socialism is still with us to this very day – and is on the rise, just as it was prior to the last two world wars. Thus, the key lesson that should have been learned from that history still remains undefined and continues to go unheeded.

In an inappropriate attempt to address U.S. president Donald Trump’s proud declaration that he is a ‘nationalist,’ Macron again ironically chose to use the Remembrance Day ceremonies as his opportunity to promote the very collectivism that the West was forced to fight during the last two world wars. Continue reading »

581 – The Great War 1914-1918

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Nov 082018
 

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Sunday November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the ‘Great War,’ which subsequently became known as World War One.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Armistice was signed, officially ending a war that history demonstrated would once again continue in 1939.

In this, the first of a two-part Remembrance Day retrospective, Salim Mansur joins us to explain how and why the Great War of 1914-1918 represented “the beginning of the end of the European Age.”

Reflecting upon the complex alliances of the six empires (British, French, German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian, Ottoman) drawn into the conflict of the Great War, Salim looks to the literature and poetry of the day for insights to the meaning of it all.

Thus our conversation moves from the impersonal aspects of the war to the very personal, as Robert cites the war experiences of those in his own family: Newfoundland’s fighting Vaughan brothers: Oscar, Frank, Joseph, and Herbert.

The continuum of history that has brought us from the Great War to today’s modern world has provided us with a determined past that cannot be changed or avoided. It is only in understanding and remembering that past that that we can ever hope to pave a way to a peaceful future that is Just Right.

Oct 052017
 

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“I’m only twenty-five years old, and I don’t know anything about anything,” wisely chides our in-studio guest, Richard Raycraft.

That’s exactly why, as CHRW Radio’s (94.9 FM in London Ontario) News and Spoken Word Director who has a personal passion for the integrity of journalism, Richard likes to ask questions.

Having just completed a CBC radio documentary that has earned him acclaim, its subject matter is one in which Richard shares an additional passion beyond journalism: fighting against ISIS.

What would inspire someone like Richard to want to fight ISIS by joining a foreign militia? What was it that inspired two other young Canadians to do the same – and to lose their lives in the process? The answers to both questions are what merged as the theme of Richard’s documentary. Continue reading »

504 – Guests: Salim Mansur & Amir Farahi: Donald Trump’s “Big Stick” foreign policy / France surrenders to Macron

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May 112017
 

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Despite the establishment media’s continuing hostility to the president, including attempts to paint him as radical and unpredictable, Trump is far more traditional than were his immediate predecessors. That tradition, simply put, is one of acting in his own country’s interests.

“Speak softly and carry a big stick” reflects the Roosevelt foreign policy. It was described by past US president Theodore Roosevelt as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”

Amir Farahi of the London Institute and Western University’s Associate Professor of Political Science Salim Mansur join us to share their assessment of what Trump’s early days in office have revealed – both about the president’s foreign policies and about some of the major crisis’ brewing around the globe today.

From America’s actions taken against Assad in Syria, to the bomb dropped in Afghanistan and to movements against North Korea, our conversation connects the dots between what most believe are isolated and unrelated conflicts in distant parts of the globe. Continue reading »

465 – Guest: John Thompson: Strategic Capital Intelligence Group – Terrorism’s means and ends

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Aug 112016
 

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TerroRising Trends: So what’s new in the world of terrorism? What are terrorism’s latest explosive trends? What might be tomorrow’s terrorist strategies that we have yet to witness? What, if anything, can we do about it?

On the very day that we are learning of a thwarted terrorist attack on Canadian soil in Strathroy and possibly in London, those are just a few of the spotlighted questions we target on today’s Just Right. To help us in our quest, John Thompson of the Strategic Capital Intelligence Group joins us for a frank discussion about the realities of terrorist ambitions and efforts.

Today, terrorism is on the rise. That means that tomorrow, today’s terrorism levels will seem like the ‘good old days’. What motivates terrorists? Are they crazy? Are they ideological? Is there a difference?

For an examination of why there is a rise in this trend, as well as a look at how to effectively combat terrorism, join us as we search for the elusive right answers that have become clouded in our environment of political correctness. Continue reading »