Last year, I used this column to argue for NATO to undertake a new role, and to guarantee proportionate responses against military targets for any regime anywhere in the world that violated international norms, such as the use of chemical weapons.
A week ago, we were dealt the apparently shocking news that the leader of the Scottish National Party would like Scotland to be independent, and is willing to take advantage of any situation to make this happen.
It has been something of an odd week. Some of you reading this column will have noticed that I was in the news, as I found myself one of those who were affected by Donald Trump’s travel ban. With just one signature, the President of the United States banned all of those whose ‘country of origin’ was Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or, as mine is, Iraq. On a quiet Saturday morning, I suddenly myself as a persona non grata in the USA.
On Saturday I was told that I would be one of those that Donald Trump had decided were unfit to even visit America. Although I am British, and do not hold dual nationality, the so-called Muslim ban refers to individuals’ country of origin, and I was born in Iraq.