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How the Jewish state is being demonized

October 29, 2014  •  The Washington Times

JERUSALEM | Last week, a terrorist drove his car into a crowd at a light-rail station, killing a three-month-old baby. Eight others were injured, including a 22-year-old woman who died a few days later. The attacker fled the scene pursued by police who fatally shot him.

Terrorists also have struck in Ottawa and New York in recent days. So Israelis are not alone. But many feel alone — perceiving that an increasing number of Europeans and Americans see them not as a tiny nation on the front lines in a global conflict against jihadism, but as bullies culpable for the war being waged against them.

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'Homeland' under attack

October 22, 2014  •  The Washington Times

Are the cast, crew and fans of "Homeland" — Showtime's television series about a brilliant but neurotic CIA agent — Islamophobes?

That's the implication of articles published this month in both The Washington Post and The New York Times. In the Times, Bina Shah, a Pakistani "contributing opinion writer," complains that "Homeland," much of which is set in Pakistan this season, demonstrates yet again that "the world sees us one-dimensionally — as a country of terrorists and extremists, conservatives who enslave women and stone them to death, and tricky scoundrels who hate Americans and lie pathologically to our supposed allies."

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The demise of 'responsibility to protect' at the U.N.

October 14, 2014  •  The Washington Times

Remember R2P? Not to be confused with R2-D2 (a robotic character in the "Star Wars" movies), "Responsibility to Protect" was an international "norm" proposed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan following the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and the mass murders in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica a year later. The idea was for the "international community" to assume an obligation to intervene, militarily if necessary, to prevent or halt mass atrocities.

Why has R2P not been invoked to stop the slaughters being carried out in Syria and Iraq? Why isn't it mentioned in regard to the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobani, which, as I write this, may soon be overrun by barbarians fighting for what they call the Islamic State?

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The truth about diversity

October 8, 2014  •  The Washington Times

In theory, we Americans are great proponents of diversity. In practice, how many of us stop to seriously consider the meaning of the word? If peoples really are diverse — if we differ not just about clothes and cuisine, but over ideas, values, interests, morality and human rights — that implies there is no "international community," certainly not one that embraces "international norms." For years, we've told ourselves the world is a "global village." As it turns out, it may be more like the "several remote nations" to which Gulliver traveled.

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Iran taking advantage of the focus on ISIS

October 1, 2014  •  The Washington Times

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East "a fight no one is winning." I think the evidence suggests he's wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains.

That should distress us because the Islamic Republic, no less than the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL), is committed to waging jihad. Iran's 1979 revolution was led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini — a Persian, Shia, Islamist version of Lenin. His intention was to spark a global uprising against the West.

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