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Let Us Now Praise Muslim Apostates

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia City Journal
Friday, September 1, 2017

Standing up to political correctness and facing death threats, the Muslim apostate writers Ibn Warraq and Ayaan Hirsi Ali have honored our increasingly endangered Western heritage of free thought, which includes the right—indeed, the obligation—to subject religious dogma to criticism and reason. 

Analysis and Commentary

Is Trump Adopting The Diplomacy Delusion?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Recently, two announcements regarding Afghanistan and the Arab-Israeli conflict suggested that the Trump administration is following the old failed strategies for dealing with the challenge of modern jihadism. If so, he is setting us up for the same old failures caused by the same old failure of imagination.

Analysis and Commentary

Paul Pillar On Iranian Sanctions

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The sanctions that the United States has piled on Iran for years have become so extensive and complex, and the penalties for violation so severe, that many American companies have erred on the side of caution by forgoing business opportunities...

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Preemptive Strikes and Preventive Wars: A Historian’s Perspective

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Preventive wars and preemptive strikes are both risky business. A preventive war is a military, diplomatic, and strategic endeavor, aimed at an enemy whom one expects to grow so strong that delay would cause defeat. A preemptive strike is a military operation or series of operations to preempt an enemy’s ability to attack you. In both cases, a government judges a diplomatic solution impossible.

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Calculating The Risk Of Preventive War

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The issue of “preemptive” war is more in the news now than at any time since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The impetus, of course, is the rapid development of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, which will soon give Pyongyang the capability to hit any American city with a nuclear-tipped ICBM. President Trump has been threatening “fire and fury” in response, and warning that the United States is “locked and loaded” for war. 

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On Afghanistan, Trump Should Have Gone With His Gut

quoting Timothy Kanevia WBUR
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Unlike President Trump’s facile about-faces, his decision to escalate the Afghanistan war seems a case of surrendering a sincerely held conviction only after a fierce battle.


The Coming World Crisis

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 28, 2017

“Is the world slouching toward a grave systemic crisis?” asked historian Philip Zelikow at the annual gathering of the Aspen Strategy Group earlier this month. Now that’s what I call a question! Zelikow, who teaches at the University of Virginia, is more than just a history professor. He has also served Republican as well Democratic presidents in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. His pessimism is that of a practitioner as well as a scholar.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Calls Out The Southern Poverty Law Center's Blasphemy Enforcement

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, August 24, 2017

There's been a consistent pattern of groups fighting "Islamophobia" including ex-Muslims and even Muslim liberals on their hit list. There's a limited amount of fuss when it happens. And then it dies down again. But the real story is why it happens. It happens because the act of policing "Islamophobia" is really about enforcing Islamist agendas and their blasphemy codes.

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Syria Army Encircles IS Jihadists In Desert: Monitor

quoting Fabrice Balanche via Daily Mail (UK)
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Syrian troops backed by Russian warplanes completely surrounded fighters of the Islamic State group in a vast central desert region on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

Analysis and Commentary

The Crisis In The Gulf: A Case Study Of The Effectiveness Of Sanctions As A Tool For Conducting Policy

by Nizan Feldman, Yoel Guzanskyvia Canada Free Press
Thursday, August 24, 2017

The boycott of Qatar by its neighbors in the Gulf is expected to affect the rate of its growth, but if Qatar succeeds in easing the capital flight, it will not result in a severe, long-term recession. As most of the costs incurred in the retreat from integration among the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council affect the longer term and will not create immediate pressure on the countries boycotting Qatar, it is reasonable to assume that the costs also will not play a central role in shaping their policies in the crisis. These assumptions do not contradict the assertion that continuation of the crisis could have structural effects on the region’s economy.