Into Darkness: A Fanboy’s Review of a Star Trek Movie

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Star Trek Into Darkness: The newest Star Trek movie from J.J. Abrams

2013 is shaping up to be a great year for fans of science fiction. With Iron Man 3 being as cool as it is, Oblivion out in theaters and several other exciting titles coming up such as Elysium, Gravity, and several other titles in the works, fans of the genre are going to be spoiled.

The highlight of the year, so far, is Star Trek: Into Darkness. This latest movie of the franchise is again directed by J.J Abrams and in short, it delivered.

Star Trek Into Darkness is a must see for Trekkies as well as science fiction and movie lovers everywhere. It was a great experience watching this movie; one of the most entertaining experience I’ve had from science fiction lately.

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Under the Shadows of the Levant: A Syrian Question

As the situation in the Syrian civil war continues to worsen, the world is faced with one glaring question: What to do? Can the situation be salvaged? Can the al-Assad regime, with the aid of Iran, China and Russia actually regain control? Can the West win the proxy war? What will happen to all those chemical weapons? Above all else the world must answer the first question: What to do? At this point, it maybe best for the world to adopt a policy of containment, instead of intervention.

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The Perception of Victory

The North Korean situation developing currently raised a lot of fundamental questions. Is Kim Jong Un that insane, that deluded, that he would risk national suicide by starting a war with the Republic of Korea? After all, attacking the ROK will result in a fight where the DPRK not only has to face the ROK military (itself a formidable force) but also the might of the U.S. military’s presence in Korea and the Japanese Self Defense Force. Does Kim Jong Un (henceforth KJU) believe he can win against such odds? Conventional wisdom says no. However, it is possible that our analysis failed to account one of the most important factor that begins wars throughout human history: The¬†psychological¬†factors that allow for different perceptions of victory and the burden of necessity. When viewed from this angle, then war on the Korean peninsula – although unlikely – is closer than we think.

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Why Arabs Lose Wars

Syria has always been one of the stronger Arab states. Its army faced off against Israel in the Golan heights – and despite losing, learned a lot of operational knowledge there. They are also experienced in operating in Lebanon via their Hezbollah proxies.

It has, therefore, become perplexing that such a strong, well equipped, (relatively) well trained army is being pushed back so hard by a decentralized, mostly poorly equipped and unprofessional insurgency. Despite the fact that foreign jihadists have appeared on the scene, and that neighboring Arab states are providing arms and material aid, it seems unlikely that these can make that much difference if manned by poor quality troops.

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