The Struggle Over Ideological Power In The Middle East

The Struggle Over Ideological Power In The Middle East

By Hakim Khatib.     Using religious frameworks in political contestation and mobilisation processes has become more eminent in recent decades spiralling an intricate debate on the conceptualisation and implementation of such references [...]

The Arab Armies

By Alan Caruba The ongoing Syrian conflict, the fall of the Yemeni government, the burning of the Jordanian pilot, and other events make one wonder why even those Arab nations with significant military capabilities tend not to use them against [...]
What "International Community" is Obama Talking About?

What “International Community” is Obama Talking About?

    By Alan Caruba.   The U.S. and Iran have been adversaries since 1979 when it seized our diplomats and held them for 444 days. In the wake of the Cold War, Russia has assisted Iran develop its nuclear program and has joined [...]
Witnessing a Failed Presidency

Witnessing a Failed Presidency

      By Alan Caruba.   When we elect someone—anyone—to the office of President, it is only natural that we attribute great political skills, intellect, and judgment to that man. We want to believe we have selected someone [...]
Spectacularly Wrong

Spectacularly Wrong

    By Alan Caruba.   “A greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum” The speaker had what one might imagine, given his background, a better insight into Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East [...]

Saddam, the Good Old Days

Alan Caruba I know it’s a terrible thing to say, but sometimes I miss Saddam Hussein. Yes, he was a cruel despot. Between September 1980 and July 1988 he pursued an eight-year war against Iran that killed an estimated combined million troops [...]
Iraq Agonistes

Iraq Agonistes

By Alan Caruba. I remember how the Vietnam War seemed to drag on for years without resolution, from Lyndon Johnson’s initial expansion in 1964, after he was elected in his own right through his second term, marked by many marches in Washington, [...]
Looking Into My 2014 Crystal Ball

Looking Into My 2014 Crystal Ball

By Alan Caruba. Pundits are expected to make predictions for the year ahead and far be it for me to avoid what, generally speaking, depends on who is making them. Major trends are already in place and easy to predict as they proceed, but it [...]
The Middle East's Peace of the Grave

The Middle East’s Peace of the Grave

By Alan Caruba. After both great wars of the last century nations got together to create organizations that would ensure that large conflicts would not occur again. After World War I, it was the League of Nations. When Woodrow Wilson (who was [...]
Why Syria?

Why Syria?

By Alan Caruba. Conservatives are asking themselves why liberals, so opposed to Bush’s war against Iraq and its dictator, Saddam Hussein, are so hell bent to get into a war in Syria and its dictator, Bashar al-Assad? The President’s assertion [...]
The Incredible Shrinking President

The Incredible Shrinking President

By Alan Caruba. In 1981 Lily Tomlin starred in a film, “The Incredible Shrinking Woman”, and it seems to me that Barack Obama is starring in the 2013 sequel, “The Incredible Shrinking President.” A half hour late to his Rose Garden [...]
Could Syria Spark WWIII?

Could Syria Spark WWIII?

By Alan Caruba. Who recalls that one of the reasons Americans approved the invasions of Iraq was the fact that Saddam Hussein had used poison gas to kill Kurds? Now we are told that Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s strongman, has used poison gas to [...]
Abandoning the Middle East

Abandoning the Middle East

By Alan Caruba. A map of the U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa tells you everything need to know about Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy. It is worth noting that Britain and France also choose [...]
The Ignored War – The need for collective security enforcement

The Ignored War – The need for collective security enforcement

By Oliver Krumme. War in the immediate neighbourhood A violent conflict with catastrophic humanitarian consequences in going on in the immediate vicinity of NATO and the western security alliance is standing aside and watching. While Syrian [...]
Tehran, the Terror Capitol of the World

Tehran, the Terror Capitol of the World

By Alan Caruba. In ancient times the expression was “All roads lead to Rome.” An impressive network of roads had been built to maintain the Roman Empire, but it eventually broke apart and failed. These days all roads lead to Tehran, the [...]
Christian Arabs Targeted Throughout Middle East

Christian Arabs Targeted Throughout Middle East

By Alan Caruba. The nations of the Middle East have been steadily forcing out Christian Arabs that have lived there for centuries, often in the most brutal fashion. This is the hallmark of Islam that has no tolerance for any other religion. [...]
The red lines of 1914 and 2012 – Historic parallels leading to a new global disaster?

The red lines of 1914 and 2012 – Historic parallels leading to a new global disaster?

  By Oliver Krumme. It has been nearly 100 years since World War I started in Europe after the assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Este Franz-Ferdinand and his wife in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo, on 28July 1914.  In a very recent [...]