Three Ways the U.S. Can Save Syria
Qui audet adipiscitur (Who dares, wins)
— motto of the British Army’s Special Air Service
The motto of Britain’s primary special-operations regiment is a good one. It speaks to the necessity of risk in the pursuit of victory. And …
Investing in Eternal Memory in Iraq
There’s a “memoricide” happening in the Middle East, as the presence of Christians there diminishes to the point of potential extinction. The Knights of Columbus recently held a forum on the topic of Christians in the Middle East and …
The D.C. Swamp Has Its Surprises
Washington, D.C. — People think Washington is broken. They should meet Anna Eshoo and Jeff Fortenberry.
That was pretty much the unanimous consensus at the Solidarity Dinner hosted by the advocacy organization In Defense of Christians right there, in the …
The More Things Change, the More They Actually Don’t
In today’s technically sophisticated and globally connected world, we assume life has been completely reinvented. In truth, it has not changed all that much.
Facebook and Google may have recalibrated our lifestyles, but human nature, geography, and culture are …
The New York Times Exposes one of the Middle East’s Two Terrible Diseases
This week the New York Times — to much fanfare — has dedicated its entire magazine to the story of “how the Arab world came apart.” Called “Fractured Lands,” the title over-promises. It offers a snapshot of a region in …
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Destabilized’ Turkey ‘Feels Surrounded and Isolated’
Charles Krauthammer observes that Turkey, in the wake of a terror attack in Istanbul, is destabilized:
Well, I think it’s most likely ISIS. It could be the Kurds, who’ve carried out a lot of terror attacks, but not …
Learning from Father Bazi
‘If you are going to kill me, that is fine. It is better to be in God’s hands than in the wrong hands.”
Father Douglas Bazi, a Chaldean priest from Iraq, was recently in Washington, D.C., explaining to …
Saudi Arabia Needs to Change Course
The Middle East today is once more on the edge of implosion. The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria continues unabated, the Islamic State is on the march, and Russia remains the only great power with a serious presence in the region. …
Strategy, the Middle East, and (Of Course) Trump
Last week I posted a column critical of Donald Trump’s proposal that the United States be a neutral broker in negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
The point of that column was that the two-state solution is …
Can the Dubai Model Inspire Arabs?
Dubai — At a time of civil war, anarchy, extremism, and impoverishment in the Middle East, the city-states of Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand out as the places where Arabic speakers are flourishing, innovating, and offering a model for moving forward.
The land of Syria is a hellscape. A desert ruin, a blasted place where fundamentalists clash with fascists as major powers — America, Russia, Turkey, Israel — drop bombs.
After a U.S.-brokered cease-fire collapsed in recriminations, Washington responded by saying …
Obama Is Right to Veto Bill Enabling Suits against the Saudis
Why, when the Republican-controlled Congress is finally willing to fight President Obama to the point of forcing and potentially overriding a veto, do they pick an issue on which Obama is right?
In a grandstanding exhibition, Congress has enacted legislation …
Middle Eastern Pathologies Chase after Those Who Run
Many Americans would like to detach themselves from a violent, chaotic Middle East. So would many Israelis, for that matter.
We recently participated in a blue-ribbon panel, the U.S.–Israeli Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean, that discussed America’s …
One of the things that will certainly not happen during the waning days of the Obama administration or even in the next administration is conclusion of an Israeli–Palestinian peace agreement. A new poll, the “Palestinian-Israeli Pulse: A Joint Poll” …
The Disappearance of the Two-State Solution
In the first draft of the 2016 Republican-party platform, references to the two-state solution do not appear. CNN reports the “delegates drafting the Republican National Convention platform approved removing language encouraging a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.”
An earlier draft …
Bernard Lewis at 100: An Appreciation
National Review asked friends and admirers of Bernard Lewis to say some words about the man and his achievements to mark the occasion of his 100th birthday today.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Bernard Lewis once asked me, Is there anyone who …
Middle East Forum’s Surprising Straw Poll on Trump
The Middle East Forum sent out a questionnaire under my name on April 5 to its mailing lists asking a single question: “How do you see Donald Trump as the Republican party’s presidential candidate?” We then offered four replies:
#*# #MakeAmericaGreatAgain …
ISIS Genocide against ‘People of the Book’ — How Long Will Kerry Continue to Talk around It?
For five months, the State Department has indicated that Iraq’s Yazidi community should be declared a target of ISIS genocide but meanwhile has been less sure about ISIS’s intentions toward Middle East Christians. Tomorrow is Secretary John Kerry’…
Accept the Uncomfortable Truth: It’s Time to Support Assad
As the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis metastasize, we need a new approach for these unfolding human tragedies. To date, the Obama administration has mostly sat on the sidelines, in part because of war fatigue, but mostly because in …
The Execution of Nimr al-Nimr and Obama’s Failed Policy in the Middle East
‘Without a doubt, the unlawfully shed blood of this innocent martyr will have a rapid effect and the divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians.”
That was how Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, responded to Saudi Arabia’s execution Saturday …