AN UGLY scenario is playing out in Iraq. An al-Qaeda linked group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has essentially invaded Iraq from Syria and is on the verge of launching a battle for Baghdad. News reports from the region depict ISIS as a brutal terror organization, leaving a trail of beheaded bodies in its wake.
But until recently, we in the West were sending these guys money and weapons to help them fight against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. What in the world is going on over there?
AS WE honor our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day, we take a look around at the world and wonder: Are we seeing tinder just waiting for a match? Anti-Muslim riots continue in the U.K. and Sweden; Sen. John McCain secretly met with rebels in Syria while Russian advisers, the Iranian military, and Hezbollah fighters support the Assad regime; and rockets hit northern Israel and southern Lebanon.
Also: New revelation about Benghazi; geneticists try to rebrand human cloning; President Obama admits to killing American citizens with drones; and physicists discover that entangled pairs of photons can be separated by space and time.
Around the few technical issues (mostly related to bandwidth, we think), we discuss Rob’s research, the people who have influenced his thinking, and why he believes the world faces the imminent return of humanity’s most ancient foe.