Friday, February 28, 2020
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Libya poised for return of tribal savagery

As I noted in my column last week, the end of Moammar Gadhafi is the opening act of a new cycle of vendetta, power...
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New cycle of tribal culture awaits Libya

The brutal end of Moammar Gadhafi was foretold. It is an end that despots want to cheat, and some do, as Stalin and Mao did....

Egypt is bruised, but not broken

History lessons are useful, and when events are in flux it is the past that can shed light on what the future might hold. Autocracies,...

When things change but remain the same

ALGIERS - To be in North Africa, especially Algeria on its 50th anniversary of independence from France, is to have an opportunity to see how Frantz...

Troubling questions of loyalty in Washington

While the civil war in Syria intensifies, a flap has broken out in Washington revealing the inside-the-beltway politics in the U.S. capital. It is...

Walk in Jerusalem affirms beliefs

JERUSALEM — There is something special when preconceptions dissolve on your first encounter with a new person or place. As I disembarked a flight at...

Christmas fades in a world that needs it

A few days ago I received a letter from a dear friend visiting Vietnam to attend a physics conference in Qui Nhon. My friend...

World teeters as past mistakes repeated

As 2011 ends it might well be remembered as “annus horribilis” or the horrible year. The March tsunami that overwhelmed Japan demonstrated nature’s immense power...

Tunisia just one Arab regime going stale

The hasty departure of Tunisian strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali for a life in exile reveals how brittle and lacking in public support are...

Don’t blame Israel for Arab failures

TEL AVIV

Outrage merits condemnation, not apology

In apologizing for the inadvertent burning of the Qur’an by American soldiers, U.S. President Barack Obama has put on display yet again how abjectly...

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...

Arab history a relic of history

Only the politically correct, and they are the majority in the contemporary West, remain surprised of how quickly the so-called “Arab spring” has turned...

Britain paid the price for world freedom

On the final Saturday evening of the London Olympics, NBC presented Tom Brokaw’s tribute to Britain, “Their Finest Hour.” This no doubt irritated many...

Peace eludes Mideast 30 years after Anwar Sadat’s murder

Thirty years ago on Oct. 6, 1981, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was gunned down on the reviewing stand of a military parade by...