London Evening Standard, Jan. 7: Yesterday’s call from Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon for a secret ballot of Labour MPs to decide the Prime Minister’s future was unable to secure any open ministerial backing. It was left for David Cameron, the Tory leader, to make the obvious point today that the coup attempt shows the Government to be “seriously divided.” Gordon Brown stays put, but some damage has been done; voters are left with the impression of a leader whose colleagues are anything but enthusiastic about him and his chances of electoral success.
Nonetheless, the failure of the coup is a good thing in itself. The country is five months away from the likely date of a general election. It is for the electorate to decide the fate of Mr. Brown and of the Government. It is not for the parliamentary Labour Party, which signally failed to muster a credible candidate to challenge Mr. Brown when he assumed Mr. Blair’s mantle as Prime Minister, to anticipate that verdict by defenestrating Mr. Brown as party leader. That decision must be left to voters. And while electors may not be particularly impressed by the fact that the Prime Minister enjoys equivocal support, it will be on his record that he will be judged. Voters cannot be cheated of the chance to pass judgment on Mr. Brown.
The Vancouver Sun, Jan. 6: The emergence of Yemen as a new haven for Islamicist terrorism brings new risks to the rest of the world. Western embassies began to reopen this week in Sanaa, the capital, but the struggle in Yemen is barely starting.
How can the international community best proceed in a country that is the poorest in the Arab world? Yemen is beset by an Iranian-supported tribal rebellion on its northern border, a secessionist movement to the south and an active al-Qaida branch of fanatics who have been indoctrinated by Saudi teachers before fleeing Saudi security authorities.
Yemen’s other problems include the danger that it will run out of water. And its oil reserves are expected to run dry by 2018, leaving it bereft of anything to sell in world markets and further weakening the central government.
But no matter how daunting the prospect, the outside world cannot delay in trying to help Yemen control its extremists.
No Western country will be eager to send combat soldiers, but that’s fine: Regional political and military realities mean that the government will not ask for fighting troops.
We should all do what we can. But ultimately, Yemen is merely part of a region so troubled and volatile that broader strategies are the only sensible approach. What happens in Saudi Arabia, and in Iran, and in Somalia, will have more impact on Yemen than anything the rest of the world can do directly.
Pravda, Moscow, Dec. 28: In a word, slow strangulation. First will come the socialized medicine, followed by the cap and trade and finally the forced increase in interest rates, as no one will want to buy the debt of the world’s biggest beggar who is busy murdering its own economy.
Many companies will flee the U.S., shifting their registrations and headquarters from America to other nations with lower levels of insane regulation and taxation. Further, the crunch will force one state after another to bankrupt. The American federal government will find itself in a situation of either letting the suffering spread, before their parliamentary elections or printing money and spending with abandon to avoid the pain around election time and off set it a bit further. Thus will start the final phase of run away inflation.
The American Marxists will face a third “radical” party of conservatives, who will threaten their One Party Two Branch monopoly and will in the end require strong security and military reactions.
Disaster in Afghanistan and renewed major unrest in Iraq will only spur the feeling of instability as additionally, Mexico’s civil war will continue to spill over into America.
Strong independence movements will become mainstream in Texas, southern California, Alaska and much of the old Confederacy. Pro independence terrorism will start to appear, along side a vast upsurge of SJS (Sudden Jihad Syndrome) amongst the Islamic members of America.