Tag Archive: Middle East

A Pollard Swap

Rumors are circulating that traitor Jonathan Pollard might be released as part of a Mideast Peace Deal. I don’t think this is a good idea.

First, why should the United States be giving concessions in what amount to a negotiation between Palestine and Israel? Israel is not giving us anything. We’re not the ones saying Israel doesn’t have a right to exist.

Second, I think people need to remember what we are dealing with here.… Read more

Once More Unto the Breach

The problem with drawing a red line, as any parents knows, is that when it’s crossed you have to either act or lose your credibility. Looks like the Obama Administration is deciding to act:

Few question that there was a major chemical attack in Syria last week, and the United States has made clear that it blames the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Now, the question is how President Barack Obama will respond.

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The Syria Question

Al Jazeera is reporting that Syria may be using chemical weapons on the rebels. It may “just” be tear gas. But it’s no secret that the West is worried about Syria’s chemical arsenal. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen patriot missles shipped to Turkey and Obama moving to support the opposition.

As bad as things have been in Syria, they be about to get a whole lot worse. But apart from making sure Israel, … Read more

Wherein I Call for Throwing Israel Under the Bus

We’re watching a typical fake truce in action in the Middle East right now. New rockets are on the way for Hamas and new Israeli settlements are being built further and further east. It’s only a matter of time before the next bloodletting begins.

All of this has led me to question why exactly it’s considered to be “conservative” to support Israel. Let’s acknowledge the fact that the Israelis are underdogs (they’re outnumbered in the … Read more

The Salafists Honor 9/11

Well, at least the Egyptians decided to do something to honor the day:

Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down the American flag, replacing it with a black standard with Islamic emblems, apparently in protest of the production of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

The incident prompted a volley of warning shots to be fired as a large crowd gathered outside, said CNN

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Romney Culture

Mitt Romney said this the other day:

In the speech, Mr. Romney mentioned books that had influenced his thinking about nations — particularly “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations,” by David S. Landes, which, he said, argues that culture is the defining factor in determining the success of a society.

“Culture makes all the difference,” Mr. Romney said. “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of

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Syria is in the midst of a brutal murderous crackdown on protesters. Several thousand are dead. So now would seem an appropriate time to … what the?

The Obama administration seems to have to have put itself in the firing line over its handling of the crisis in Syria by not stopping the Mideast country from being elected to a UNESCO committee that deals with human rights.

Critics say that granting Syria a seat

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The Palestinian Push

The Palestinian Authority is pushing for recognition as a full state by the UN. They are a few votes shy of forcing the US to either accept it or veto it.

While I support the existence of a Palestinian state, eventually, I think full statehood is a bad idea, partly for reasons outlined by Fareed Zakaria:

At the end of the day, there is only one way you’re going to get a Palestinian state.

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Tripoli Falls; Gadhafi Too?

Updates Below

There is growing evidence that the rebellion in Libya is succeeding. Tripoli is partly in rebel hands and one of Gadhafi’s sons is captured. Updates as events warrant.

Glenn Greenwald this morning made a big deal about our government’s attempts to be measured in its response to the “Arab spring”, taking the usual route of denouncing us for supporting a variety of dictators in the region (and slamming Israel for hitting Egypt … Read more

Syrian Assault


Several loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad broke into the U.S. embassy in Damascus on Monday and security guards used live ammunition to prevent hundreds from storming the French embassy, diplomats said.

They said the attackers tore down U.S. embassy plaques and tried to break security glass in protests fueled by the government against a visit by U.S. and French ambassadors to the city of Hama, focus of demonstrations against Assad’s rule.

“Four buses

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