“The rotting sore of Iraq, the spreading fires of Syria, the disaster of Libya are just precursor for the war-that-is-coming. The conflagration is general. We have countries in flames: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. Meanwhile other nations are smouldering: Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Nigeria, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, France, Belgium and Israel/Palestine. Refugees are pouring across the Mediterranean from North Africa and the Levant. There is no road forward from here that doesn’t involve at least a million deaths and probably more.
War Is Coming challenges the accepted wisdom in how we should respond to these challenges. War Is Coming makes no pretence at having all the answers to a complex and uncertain geopolitical situation – but aims to pose the hard questions – about failure, about political and military strategy, about the domestic challenges we face and how to recover from a disastrous decade and a half of war.
With a lifetime interest in the Middle East where he lived as a child, and drawing on a 30 years experience of politics and political journalism in London, Scotland and critically Belfast during the Troubles, Gordon Guthrie is able to tease out the complex strands of this knotty problem.
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Pat Kane has written: “Is it good enough, when turning our battered minds to the crises of the Middle-East and North Africa, to either sit on our hands (stopping ourselves doing any more imperial damage), or raise arms (to tell future generations we at least did something)? Shaped by a childhood in Bahrain, and as a young man in Belfast, Gordon Guthrie brings his current mindset (a systems engineer & Indy strategist) to bear on the space between these two responses. For those Indy supporters who want Scotland to play a constructive & peace-increasing role in a complex and often frightening world politics, Gordon does us a great service: he presents our ideals with the facts of history and the current situation. And asks us to think, hard. A necessary and genuinely challenging book.”