Who is the Nelson Mandela of Hamas?

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Last week Jimmy Carter wrote another breathtakingly silly op-ed titled “ The Elder’s View of the Middle East .” As Elliot Abrams summarized it in an response titled, ” What Carter Missed in the Middle East .” The former President “described a rapacious Israel facing . . . . Continue Reading »

Justice and the Pacifist Continent

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The German Marshall Fund has just released Transatlantic Trends , their annual survey of European and American public opinion. The survey collects data on issues ranging from the popularity of the American President (Europeans really like President Obama and they really hated G. W. Bush) to . . . . Continue Reading »

With Moderates Like These …

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Farouk Hasni is an Egyptian artist, an abstract painter with exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and institutions in Europe and the Middle East. For a while, he looked like a shoo-in to become the next director general of UNESCO (U.N. . . . . Continue Reading »

Hamas’ Holocaust Deniers

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More for your “you can’t make this stuff up” files, compliments of the Washington Post article, ” Hamas Objects to Possible Lessons on Holocaust in U.N.-Run Schools in Gaza “: The prospect of United Nations-run schools in the Gaza Strip teaching children about the . . . . Continue Reading »

More on Will and Afghanistan

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Joe Carter has already commented on George’s Will’s “lack of will ” on Afghanistan. On the whole Joe is right: Will’s proposal would amount to nothing less than defeat. But it would be unfair to suggest that Will is simply running up the white flag. As William Kristol . . . . Continue Reading »

He Died The Greater Hero

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Here’s selections from a beautiful eulogy in the Washington Post authored by Ashley Halsey III and appropriately titled, ” A Heroic Death, Without the Headlines .” The hero is Captain Matthew Freeman, USMC, who was killed in action—leading from the front—in Afghanistan: . . . . Continue Reading »

Pro-Taliban Feminists?

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They’re back. The New York Times headline reads, ” American Antiwar Movement Plans an Autumn Campaign Against Policies on Afghanistan .” “A restive antiwar movement, largely dormant since the election of Barack Obama,” we are told, “is preparing a nationwide campaign . . . . Continue Reading »