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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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Fooling many of the people much of the time

May 10, 2017  •  The Washington Times

"Hamas Drops Call for Israel's Destruction," headlined The Wall Street Journal last week. The New York Times told its readers: "Hamas Moderates Talk on Israel." And the United Kingdom's The Guardian concluded that Hamas had produced a document likely to "ease peace process."

All this is big news — or would be if it were true. But it's not. Not even close. What it is instead: more evidence that, when it comes to Islamists, too many journalists are losing what George Orwell called the "constant struggle" to see "what is in front of one's nose."

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The bolder attacks on religious freedom

May 3, 2017  •  The Washington Times

"I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom." So said President George W. Bush in 2004. Leave for another day the debate over whether such a belief is more hopeful than realistic. What we do know: Tyrants and terrorists around the world are persecuting, torturing and slaughtering those whose hearts do desire freedom — even the most basic.

Last week, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued its annual report covering 37 countries. Thomas Reese, USCIRF's chair, minced no words: "The Commission has concluded that the state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening in both the depth and breadth of violations."

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Why Boeing and Airbus deals with Iran shouldn't fly

April 26, 2017  •  The Washington Times

Sometimes international law is ambiguous. Sometimes not. When it comes to murdering civilians and using chemical weapons to get the job done, there are no gray areas, no fuzzy lines, no mitigating circumstances. Such practices are clearly and specifically prohibited under what's called "the law of war." That makes Bashar Assad, Syria's dynastic dictator, a war criminal. And it makes Iran his chief accomplice.

As far back as 2005, Jane's Defense Weekly reported that Iran's rulers were actively helping Mr. Assad launch an "innovative chemical warfare program" — providing technology to build equipment that would produce "hundreds of tons of precursors for VX, sarin nerve agents and mustard blister agent."

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The end of Turkey's democratic experiment

April 19, 2017  •  The Washington Times

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate.

He is wearing a three-piece suit that would look stylish today but he is steely-eyed in a way that is peculiar to early 20th century revolutionaries. He appears to be gazing into the future — a future in which Turkey would be modern, prosperous, secular and democratic.

If truth in advertising applied to governments, that statue would now be removed.

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