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The case for Islamic heresy

April 15, 2015  •  The Washington Times

By now, you should be familiar with the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali. You should know at least this much about her: She is brilliant, beautiful, black and she has been banned near Boston.

You might also have learned that she was born in Somalia and raised as a devout Muslim in Africa and Saudi Arabia. While a teenager, she joined the Muslim Brotherhood, "believed in jihad" and was "ready for holy war." But in 1992, to avoid an arranged marriage, she sought asylum in the Netherlands where she eked out a living cleaning factories, learned Dutch, went to college, entered politics and won a seat in the Dutch Parliament.

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The win-win delusion

April 8, 2015  •  The Washington Times

"The West Capitulates." That was the headline on an article by Ibrahim al-Amin, editor of the Lebanese daily al-Akbar. He elaborated: "Victors and vanquished. This is the truth of conflicts in the world since ancient times. Only those who live with their eyes closed believe conflicts end with compromises."

Al-Akbar is an anti-American newspaper, sympathetic to Hezbollah, the terrorist militia funded and instructed by Iran. Still, can one honestly dismiss Mr. al-Amin's analysis — and his gloating — as unjustified?

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Satrapy fishing in the Yemen

April 1, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Three years ago, film-goers were treated to "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," which critic Kenneth Turan called a "pleasant fantasy" about the Middle East. Today, of course, Yemen is the hub of a bloody conflict, one which President Obama persists in viewing with equal unreality.

Most obviously: Yemen is not, as the administration has touted, a "success" brought about by its "smart diplomacy." Most importantly: Iran has a plan. Yemen is a vital component.

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What Netanyahu didn't say

March 25, 2015  •  The Washington Times

What is it about Israel in general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular that leads to so much careless reporting and tendentious commentary?

Start with The New York Times, trendsetter that it is, which ran this headline on March 16: "Netanyahu Says No to Statehood for Palestinians." An editorial then referred to the prime minister's "outright rejection of a Palestinian state." Columnist Thomas Friedman piled on, accusing Mr. Netanyahu of having "declared" he would "never permit a two state-solution between Israelis and Palestinians."

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A farewell to arms control treaties

March 18, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Philosopher-comedian Lily Tomlin used to say, "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up." Has that ever been truer than it is in Washington right now?

Last week, we learned that the deal the Obama administration has been attempting to negotiate with the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be "legally binding."

"We're not negotiating a legally binding plan," Secretary of State John Kerry told a congressional hearing. "We're negotiating a plan that will have a capacity for enforcement."

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