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In a dispute between Hamas and Fatah, it’s tempting to take the old Kissinger line re the Iran–Iraq War: It’s a shame they can’t both lose. But, in fact, only one side wins: In Gaza, al-Aqsa University has just announced that female students will be required to attend in proper Muslim garb from head to toe — i.e., the full body bag. At present, some still wear headscarf, trousers, and a long coat, but that’s too revealing for the new Gaza, so time to get fitted for your burka, niqab, or abaya. Al-Aqsa University is funded by the Palestinian Authority — i.e., Yasser Arafat’s old Fatah — but it’s controlled by Hamas. The higher-education minister, Ali Jarbawi, fumed impotently from Ramallah that the new dress code is illegal and must not be implemented, but the hard men on the ground in the Gaza Strip regard him as just another irrelevant member of a shriveling personality cult for a dead kleptocrat with a taste for Aryan rent boys.

And so it goes across the region: Regimes that represented nothing but their Swiss bank accounts have fallen, and in their stead arises the only alternative — an Islam purified by decades in opposition to the secularists and distilled to a scorching 175o proof. What else is left?


Contents
February 25, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 3

Articles
Features
  • How Chicago reclaimed the projects but lost the city.
  • A bad idea rises from the ashes.
  • Beyond the Beltway, the Right is thriving.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Jay Nordlinger reviews Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, by Elliott Abrams, and Little Red: Three Passionate Lives through the Sixties and Beyond, by Dina Hampton.
  • Mona Charen reviews What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George.
  • Florence King reviews The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War, by Stephen Puleo.
  • John J. Miller reviews The Mummy’s Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy, by Roger Luckhurst.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Silver Linings Playbook.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses boxing and praises the Champ.
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Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .