I turned 47 this weekend so I decided to take a week’s rest from my ‘Thought for the Day’ in Computer Weekly (.Com). I haven’t had a writing break in a year and I’m feeling a little stale. I need a break.

More gloom and doom in the Sunday papers. News these days appears to revolve around an axis of weapons of mass destruction and taxation with very little else of any real significance in between. What I am certain of and as I predicted at the start of this last Gulf war, is that it’s going to be much harder getting out of Iraq then going in. I believe our troops and those of the Americans are emotionally unprepared for a peacekeeping role in a Moslem society. Afghanistan remains a shambles and Iraq is split between Shi’a and Sunni Islam, not to mention the Kurds.

I’m looking after an Iranian Minister this month in London, so maybe, I’ll have some new perspectives on the subject soon. In the meantime, I’ll take my daughter kayaking and pretend that I’m still 30 something.


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