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The Qatar Ultimatum

June 14, 2017  •  The Washington Times

In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush drew a line in the sand. "Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make," he announced. "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." Since then, disappointingly if not surprisingly, more than a few nations have straddled that line, providing support to America and America's enemies alike.

Is that because they sympathize with the goals of the terrorists or because they're afraid of the terrorists, or is there some other explanation? It's not clear. What is: No nation has hedged its bets more egregiously than Qatar.

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The Six-Day War and the 50-year occupation

June 7, 2017  •  The Washington Times

Fifty years ago this week, the young state of Israel faced the threat of extermination — a second Jewish Holocaust in a single century. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser stated candidly what he and other Arab leaders envisioned. "Our basic aim will be the destruction of Israel," he said.

"High time to destroy the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland," echoed Hafez Assad, Syria's minister of defense, later to become its dictator. Added Iraqi President Abdul Salam Arif: "Our goal will be to wipe Israel off the face of the map."

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The battles of Britain and Egypt
Jihadis aspire to 'cleanse' the Islamic world and force the West to submit

June 1, 2017  •  The Washington Times

The slaughter of 22 concert-goers in Manchester last week was followed four days later by the murder of 29 Christians traveling by bus to a monastery in the desert south of Cairo. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both attacks. In an internet video, a masked spokesman denounced the victims – many of them teenage girls, fans of pop singer Ariana Grande – as "crusaders." As for Egyptian Christians, also known as Copts, they have been described in other Islamic State videos as "our favorite prey."

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Iran's latest unfree and unfair election

May 24, 2017  •  The Washington Times

News must be new but it needn't be surprising. The decidedly unsurprising news out of Iran last week: There was an election (of sorts) and the winner was Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent president. An apparently mild-mannered cleric with a beatific smile, he has presided over Iran for four years — a period of egregious human rights violations, the Iranian-backed slaughter in Syria, the taking of American and other hostages, and increasing support for terrorists abroad. Nevertheless, you'll see him described in much of the media as a "moderate."

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Border security and immigration made simple

May 17, 2017  •  The Washington Times

The nation-state is a relatively new idea — scholars generally trace it back to the 17th century. It has its flaws, but has anyone come up with a better approach to world order? A nation-state enjoys sovereignty over its territory. Territories are separated by borders. Securing those borders may require barriers and controlled points of entry.

During last year's presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to build a wall in order to secure America's southern border. Quite a few voters approved. I don't think they're wrong.

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