Category Archives: Middle East

Why Mohamed Morsi Will Win Egypt’s Presidential Election

Egypt’s presidential election is underway. The election pits Mubarak supporter Ahmed Shafik against the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi. People are voting, and soon Egypt will have a new president.

That president will be Mohamed Morsi. Continue reading

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A Review of “The Clash of Civilizations”

In 1996 scholar Samuel P. Huntington wrote a famous book titled “The Clash of Civilizations.” Huntington postulated that after the Cold War Continue reading

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Two Lies the Obama Administration Should Have Told After Osama Bin Laden’s Death

The Obama administration will be remembered in history as the one that brought Osama bin Laden to justice. Its handling of the situation was practically flawless.

Nevertheless, there are two things in which the government erred slightly. With respect to these two matters, the Obama administration’s mistake was to tell the truth. In this cases, it would have been better for the United States if the government had told lies. Continue reading

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Watching Gaddafi’s Madness

It’s said that power corrupts, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi presents an excellent example of this tendency. Continue reading

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Gaddafi’s Fateful Speech

Gaddafi made a great strategic mistake when he spoke on February 22nd. For decades Gaddafi had spoke in a similar mad style, and for decades he’d gotten away with it. When he spoke on February 22nd, he was probably addressing a domestic audience and trying to frighten the opposition. But not just the opposition was listening; so was the world. Continue reading

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(When) Will Assad Fall? – The Damascus Test

If fifty thousand people gathered in Damascus to march against the government, then Mr. Assad’s rule would be shaken like nothing else. It would be a harbinger of the end.

So far this has not happened – and it may never happen. Continue reading

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A New American Ally: Libya?

Libya has for decades been grouped together with countries generally thought of as enemies of America. People have thought of Libya in conjunction with Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Syria, etc. But now, with Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s rule at a clear end, Libya could possibly turn into the strongest friend America has amongst the entire Arab world. Continue reading

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