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Commentary > China Post > Arthur Cyr
"Success cannot be advertised; failure cannot be explained. In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung, often even among their own fraternity."
 
"You have heard of the patience of Job," wrote Jesus' disciple James, underscoring the importance of patience as well as faith in handling severe reversals and frustrations (James 5:11).
 
Just before Christmas, a summit in Moscow brought together the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey. President Vladimir Putin of Russia orchestrated this major meeting.
 
Christmas season is also the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. On Dec. 16, 1944, Nazi Germany launched an enormous offensive through the quiet, thinly-defended Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Adolf Hitler and planners in Berlin achieved total surprise. German forces rapidly gained ground.
 
The telephone conversation on Dec. 2 between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was relatively brief but continues to reverberate prominently in news, diplomatic and political dimensions.
 
That was the campaign theme of Alexander van Der Bellen, the leader on the political left who has just won a runoff election to be president of Austria.
 
The death of Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro is a major moment amid important economic changes. Acknowledging his importance as an epic Machiavellian survivor in no way minimizes the ruthlessness of his regime.
 
Bad vibrations, as hip types used to say way back in the 1960s.
 
The dramatic presidential contest and outcome in the United States has distracted attention from important election developments elsewhere in the world, including Asia.
 
"We have met the enemy and he is us." The ironic statement is from the durable comic strip "Pogo" by cartoonist Walt Kelly, widely syndicated in newspapers from the late 1940s into the 1970s.
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