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To the brink and back again and again

Issue 430 January 15, 2020 Even before the chimes of New Year bells could (or as erroneously mentioned in many quarters, the joy of the dawn of the new decade) recede, the Americans struck in Iraq, killing Qassem Soleimani, Irans decorated Major General. Iran hit back with rage. The downing of a Ukrainian passenger aircraft five days later let loose