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The jihadis in France, the Islamists in Turkey

July 20, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events. But underlying both is this question: How are the most dynamic forces within the Islamic world shaping the 21st century?

Jihadism is, as should be obvious, one of those forces. Those fighting what they call a holy war — al Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Islamic Republic of Iran among them — regard "others" as enemies who must submit or be conquered or be killed. Their goal, and they're candid about this, is to establish Islamic domination anywhere they can and, eventually, everywhere they can.

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Obama's Iran experiment

July 13, 2016  •  The Washington Times

A hypothetical question: Suppose the Islamic State wanted to buy some American airplanes and promised not to use them to support terrorists. Would you be OK with that? I'm guessing not.

Now suppose that the Islamic Republic of Iran wanted to buy some American airplanes, and promised not to use them to support terrorists. This question is not hypothetical. This is something Tehran very much wants and President Obama is eager to provide. Are you OK with that?

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The Battle of Bangladesh

July 6, 2016  •  The Washington Times

During the past 10 months, there have been more than 30 terrorist attacks in Bangladesh. In recent days, an Italian aid worker was gunned down as he went for a jog. Also shot to death was a Catholic priest. Two Hindu priests and a Buddhist leader were stabbed and hacked to death with machetes — the same fate meted out to Bangladeshi-American writer Avijit Roy last year. Bangladeshi gay activists, secular bloggers and academics have been murdered as well.

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Rule Britannia
For better or worse, Britons reject post-democratic governance

June 29, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Whether you think the United Kingdom exiting the European Union is cause for alarm or celebration, you have to concede this: Britons engaged in an open, lively and mostly peaceful debate, they turned out in droves, they cast their votes freely and fairly and, by so doing, expressed their will and determined their future. That's called democracy. Is there a preferable alternative?

Despite pollsters' predictions, the referendum on Brexit – for British exit – was a clear victory for Leave over Remain. Those wanting out of the EU did not vote their pocketbooks. On the contrary, they were repeatedly warned by establishment figures – President Obama among them -- that they would pay a steep economic price for going their own way.

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Terrorism and economic warfare

June 15, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Tel Aviv's Sarona Market bills itself as the "heartbeat of Israeli culinary art." Dozens of small restaurants and shops offer cheese, wine, bread, fish, olives, pasta, burgers — pretty much anything you can imagine and quite a bit that you probably cannot. I had a nice lunch there the other day. Exactly a week later, two Palestinian men sat down in a cafe, ordered dessert, pulled handguns from beneath their dark suit jackets and began firing at everyone in sight.

Four civilians were murdered and more than a dozen wounded before the killers were stopped — one shot by a security guard, the other arrested. The following day, the Sarona Market was up and running again.

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