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Free speech distinguishes the West from the rest

In Crowds and Power, the late Elias Canetti, a wonderfully gifted writer and Nobel laureate, brought a unique perspective in examining the human condition and history under the stress of mobs in politics. When individuals gathered together turn into a crowd and then erupt into a mob, the transition from one into another is the […]

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The play’s the thing: Mark Steyn on the Obama admin’s utter failures

As if I had to tell you, columnist Mark Steyn wrote the best piece regarding the latest example of total, epic failure on the part of the Obama administration: the global Islamist chaos. Disgrace in Benghazi   Possibly related posts: MUST READ: Mark Steyn’s column, “Untangling the Spaghetti” Mark Steyn sets Democrats straight Mark Steyn […]

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A night with the fanatics

On Tuesday evening, I covered a 9/11 vigil in Toronto, and a counter-protest across the street organized by Islamic and leftist groups calling for the return of Omar Khadr. We didn’t know that as this was taking place, Muslim fascists in Libya and Egypt were murdering people who had in some way offended them. One […]

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Arab Spring now a Christian nightmare

In the 1990s, western democracies stepped forward to stop ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia by dispatching NATO forces in support of UN peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. The disintegration of Yugoslavia precipitated ethnic strife, and like all such struggles anywhere in the world, the Balkan conflict was complex and layered with history of grievances, identity […]

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Assad: The devil we know.

We do not understand the Arab world. We think we do, we like to think we do, but we don’t. It’s far more complex and nuanced than we give it credit for, and few parts of it are as multifaceted and layered as Syria. The struggles of the Middle East are seldom about good and […]

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Empty church discloses a harsh reality

  ALGIERS, ALGERIA  - Notre Dame d’Afrique sits on top of a cliff overlooking Algiers. It was completed in 1872 and since then has been one of the landmarks of the Algerian capital, its neo-Byzantine style architecture with an impressive dome standing imperially over a city that still reflects, despite its present shabbiness, the legacy of […]

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The military’s shrewd gambit in Egypt

JIZEL, Algeria — The landscape around Jizel, east of Algeria’s capital Algiers on the Barbary Coast, appears like an artist’s hidden paradise in some remote corner of the world. The view of the Mediterranean framed by the mountains is spectacular, and it tells me why the French fought so long and hard to remain here. […]

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West must resist urge to act in Syria

Syria is caught once again in the long history of sectarian conflicts in the region and, as the killings escalate, the West recoils in horror. The urge to do something, anything, that might end this insanity is natural. And so France’s new president, Francois Hollande, ventures forth declaring, “It is not possible to allow Bashar […]

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Military key to a balanced Egypt

As Egyptians voted in the first round of their presidential election, there is anticipation that a new era of popularly elected government for the country is in the making. But the odds are stacked against Egypt and, ironically, this is for the better. Sixty years of authoritarian rule inaugurated in the July 1952 military coup […]

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Prosperous Israel in perilous times

As Israelis mark the 64th independence day of their country, Jews in Israel and outside also watch with apprehension the increasingly volatile situation in the region. Jews as a people are instinctively cognizant of history. Indeed of Jews, it might be said, they are a nation which has survived through history bearing witness to the […]

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Avoiding Arab-Muslim heart of darkness

The bloodletting in Syria should end any further romanticizing of the so-called “Arab Spring.” There is more ugly reality yet to see as Egypt’s experiment with the Islamist version of democracy unfolds. I do not speak lightly of the Arab-Muslim world’s heart of darkness. I have seen it in the all-male crowded streets of Peshawar, […]

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Lesson from Iraq for Syria

In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Fouad Ajami laments America’s abdication of Syria as the country slides ever deeper into the morass of a bloody civil war. Ajami is the pre-eminent Arab-American academic and public intellectual writing about the contemporary Middle East. His realism, honesty, insight of the Arab world and elegant style, make […]

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