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John Kerry Fails to Hold Hamas Accountable

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rewarding vicious conduct is a sure-fire method of generating more of it. And wrongly blaming an ally for provoking young men and women to join your brutal adversary is an excellent recipe for harming friends and strengthening enemies. Yet in the struggle against Islamic extremism, the Obama administration has adopted both of these profoundly counterproductive tactics.

Fouad’s Gift

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Farewell to a friend, a guide, and a storyteller of the Arab world’s disorder.

“It Would Be My Fate to Return . . . ”

via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rooted in the old world, the late Hoover fellow Fouad Ajami flourished in the new. A reflection from his final book, In This Arab Time.

Who Will Speak?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today, Salman Rushdie lives in freedom. But the spirit of the fatwa—and the censor—has only grown stronger.

Clooney of Arabia

by Lee Smithvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Movie star George Clooney has become engaged to a member of the Druze, a sect whose members have seen their own share of drama.

Will Iran and Israel Meet in the Middle?

by Abbas Milani, Israel Waismel-Manorvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Iran, hints of a secular thaw. In Israel, the increasing prominence of religious parties. Two nations, antagonistic—and unsettled.


Hope and Change in the Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let us get this straight: We were going to bomb Bashar Assad, but then decided at the last minute not to. But then we were going to help the Free Syrian Army. But then the administration did not, and later dismissed its forces as amateurs and a “fantasy.”

Imaginary Egypt

by Samuel Tadrosvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Egyptians told themselves a thrilling story about their revolution. Then the fable ended where it had begun: with a pharaoh in power.

An Army of Revisionists

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How quickly we forget our reasons for toppling Saddam—and our politicians forget how they endorsed it.

The Price of Our “Responsible” Exit

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Iraq war never ended. We just quit fighting it.