Independent journalist Gwynne Dyer, of London, discusses reactions to the Paris attacks.
''Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost if you keep it a secret,'' said Dr Strangelove to the Soviet ambassador in Stanley Kubrick's classic film of the same name. Fifty...
Salami tactics are useful when dealing with problems that are too big to resolve in one go. Muster all your resources and deal with one aspect of the problem. Come back later, when your resources have grown, and hack off a different piece. Repeat as necessary, until the problem disappears.
As always after a major terrorist attack on the West, the right question to ask after the slaughter in Paris is: What were the strategic aims behind the attack?
deterrent,'' General Sir Nicholas Houghton said, ''I say you use the deterrent every second of every minute of every day. The purpose of the deterrent is you don't have to use it because you effectively deter.''
''I can't stand him. He's a liar,'' then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy told US President Barack Obama four years ago, in a conversation about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It's more than a week since the Russians began their airstrikes in Syria, and the others that have already been bombing there for over a year, the United States and some other Nato countries, are working themselves up into a rage about it.
There is a small but significant industry in the United States that predicts the ''coming war'' with China, and Atlantic Magazine is foremost among reputable American monthlies in giving a home to such speculation.
The ceasefire in the war in eastern Ukraine, the so-called Minsk-2 agreement, was signed last February, but they never actually ceased firing.
The sheer dithering cluelessness of European Union leaders faced with an unexpected surge in the number of migrants seeking refugee status in EU countries challenges all our previous definitions of incompetence.
''We understood the responsibility to stay alive over choosing suicide,'' said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, defending his decision to end his rebellion against the European Union's tough terms for bailing out the Greek economy.
One of my daughters once proposed that my T-shirt should read: ''I don't support war, but war supports me.''
When United States Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warning him not to ''escalate the conflict'' by increasing Moscow's military support for the beleaguered Syrian regime he stamped his foot quite hard, telling Mr Lavrov that his Government's actions could ''lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-Isil coalition operating in Syria''.
Refugees from the wars of the Middle East are pouring into the European Union at an unprecedented rate.