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Jihadism and 'the language of good and evil'

August 28, 2014  •  The Washington Times

"The battle of Waterloo," the Duke of Wellington is supposed to have said, "was won on the playing fields of Eton." The battle against the Islamic State could be lost on the campuses of American universities.

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An ominous post-9/11 warning

August 20, 2014  •  The Washington Times

Two recent interviews have been the topic of lively debate within the so-called foreign policy community. First, President Obama told The New York Times' Thomas Friedman that he envisioned a world in which wars end with "no victor, no vanquished." Can you imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Winston Churchill embracing such an idea? Even more inconceivable: that those who proclaim themselves jihadis would do anything but laugh their heads off (you should excuse the expression) if they heard it.

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America needs an 'overarching strategy' on battling radical Islam

August 13, 2014  •  The Washington Times

Here's the dilemma: How do we stop the Islamic State without strengthening the Islamic Republic?

The Islamic State, a growing Sunni jihadist militia, now controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria and has been pushing into Iraqi Kurdistan. The Islamic Republic, the Shia jihadist regime that rules Iran, supports the Assad regime in Damascus, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

When our enemies are fighting each other, it's tempting to conclude that our best option is to stay out of the way, but that would be a strategic blunder. It also would be immoral.

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Hamas' rules for reporters control news

August 6, 2014  •  The Washington Times

If you've been following the conflict in Gaza, you've seen dramatic pictures of heavily armed Israeli soldiers, their tanks and helicopters. You've seen pictures of neighborhoods reduced to rubble, with Palestinian men, women and children in desperate circumstances. What you almost certainly have not seen are the combatants Israelis have been fighting. It's as though they were fighting ghosts.

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Advice to Israelis: Endure the Slander

July 30, 2014  •  The Washington Times

Hamas wants to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible. It's been doing all it can to achieve that objective, for example, launching missiles at Israel's international airport and constructing tunnels to infiltrate terrorists into Israeli communities for the purpose of slaughtering and hostage-taking.

Israelis want to kill as few Palestinian civilians as possible. They've been doing all they can to achieve that — no nation under attack has ever done more. For example, they warn noncombatants of impending strikes on military targets by phoning, texting, leafleting and even dropping dummy bombs.

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