Tagged: middle east


Freedom of Movement

It seems like Europe may be vacillating on its apparent commitment to freedom of movement.


Syria Musings Pt 2: Turkey — The Forgotten Ally

So President Obama made a big announcement today. I think it’s a very positive development. It’s also not what I’m going to be talking about in pt 2 of my musings. Instead I’d like...


Driving Blind: The Road to “Intervention”

While the President and his administration prime the American public for war with Syria, a look at some of the day’s most prevalent writing on the topic demonstrates just how little anyone knows about what might happen after the country does so.


Waiting for Halabja

~by Creon Critic What exactly is the delay in formulating a comprehensive strategy to transition the Assad regime out of power in Syria? However reluctant President Obama is to get further involved in another...


Friedman Redivivius

The old (and good) Tom Friedman was on display in yesterday’s op-ed. The guy who knows and can communicate The Middle East.  Key quote:


Peace in the Middle East

Well, not exactly, but if you want to set down that cynicism for a moment, this could be the beginning of something perhaps sort of resembling a peace…


One way forward for the West Bank

by max socol In the bowels of ED Kain’s most recent Israel prophecy, there’s a (pleasantly civil) debate swirling around the security implications of a West Bank withdrawal. As I mentioned there, it reminded...


Israel, Alone

There is something remarkable and frightening about the fact that Avigdor Lieberman’s Party, Yisrael Beiteinu, came in third in Israel’s recent parliamentary elections, gaining 15 seats in the Knesset, only 13 fewer than Tipi...


the democracy fallacy

Here’s a line of reasoning I simply can’t follow: The Islamic world is nothing like the Western world.  We have few, if any, of the same values and virtually no historical commonality save our...


The Ottoman Counterfactual

I offer up this alternate history for consideration: What if the Ottoman Empire had not fallen, or crumbled rather, in the wake of World War I?  What if, on the other hand, the Turkish...