Monthly Archives: September 2011

Stupid Questions for Pacifists

One of the stupidest questions I often get asked when I openly question the utility and morality of organized violence for settling political conflict is: if an evil man came into your house and tried to kill your wife, would … Continue reading

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If Wales was the West Bank…

If Wales was the West Bank, domestic law covering the whole of the UK would codify English as the preferred identity, and English people would have full collective and civil rights, while all other people, including the Welsh, Scottish and … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 5 Comments

How I Came to Support the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against Israel

When I was a teenager, I believed that the boycott of South Africa was the wrong way to oppose apartheid. I thought it would hurt the wrong people, close down dialogue and result in a siege mentality that would prolong … Continue reading

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Guns, Dogs and the Weapons Effect

It is my custom on a clear summer’s day to go cycling along the beautiful Ystwyth Trail near where I live. The track attracts walkers, cyclists and no small number of dog owners, all eager to experience the peace and … Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11

In the last few years, I have written a great deal about 9/11 and the war on terror, including my recent co-authored book which tries to put the events into some kind of context and critically evaluates the far-reaching consequences … Continue reading

Posted in 9/11 | 4 Comments