Tag Archives: Middle East

Syria

What to do with what little influence we still have in and around Syria? Continue reading

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Racism in the US, and Religion in the Middle East

Is there a common denominator between racism in the US and sectarianism in the Middle East? Continue reading

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A Lesson from History

When you study the mess the world is in today, you can draw inferences from history, especially the latter days of the Roman Empire. Continue reading

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To bomb or not to bomb?

A threat ceases to be a threat when it is carried out. Continue reading

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ISIS and the Separation of Church and State

ISIS, the new Islamic state that has taken over much of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria this summer, directly threatens the existing states in the region. The USA also has a substantial stake in how the current drama plays out. … Continue reading

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Israel and Saudi Arabia

Is Israel is holding secret talks with Saudi Arabia? The mind boggles. Continue reading

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Free-for-all in the Levant

The increasingly sectarian wars in the Middle East require a response by the UN not unilateral US intervention Continue reading

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Nationalism and Religion in the Arab World

We have helped transform the aspirations of the region from secularism to sectarianism, from an evolutionary track leading toward democracy to one leading back to an Islamic theocracy. Continue reading

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Egypt (updated on August 18, 2013)

Maybe our best policy for now is to lie low and look before we leap. Continue reading

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Is Our Country in Trouble and What Do We Do About It?

The world is getting out of control, at least by us, and we need to cut back. While we still have the clout, we should refashion the UN to take over our role as world policeman. Continue reading

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Difficult Choice

Obama faces a difficult choice, whether the US abstains or vetoes when the Palestine statehood issue comes to the UN Security Council in September. We should abstain. Continue reading

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The US Intervention in Yemen

In Yemen, we’re letting a fixation on al-Qaeda get us bogged down in yet another Arab country. Continue reading

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