Movies used to be cheerful and fun to watch. A great example would be “The Sound of Music” which was awarded the Oscar as Best film of the year fifty years ago. In fact, this was celebrated at the Oscar ceremony by the presence of Julie Andrews, star of that film, and of Lady Gaga who reprised many of Andrews’ songs from the score. What a contrast that was to the “Sickness Oscars” awarded in the same ceremony.
Thinking Aloud About the Middle East
A word about religion: The Islamic State purports to be acting in the name of Islam. That Islam, however, is Sunni Islam (based on the idea that Mohammed’s successors should come from his learned companions, usually imams) as opposed to Shi’a Islam (which is based on the idea that Mohammed’s successors should be chosen from his family via his cousin/son-in-law Ali). Sunni and Shi’a Muslims have been at each others’ throats over this since the Seventh Century. Here is the religious line up of the players in this game.
That army, and not our troops, must do the job. Of course, the Iranians would like to do it first, and their army is in existence today, and not something on a planning board. That it why the United States must learn to work with Iran, albeit very cautiously and keeping Israel from panicking as we get closer to Tehran, in order to defeat ISIS.
I don't know, and I doubt if there is anyone in Washington or London, or Jerusalem who does either.
Future Economic Challenges