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Why Assad Isn’t Worried about Obama

Realizing that neither serious political reform nor a cessation of the brutal crackdown on Syrian revolutionaries are being considered by the Syrian regime, President Obama, after much hesitation and frustration, issued his call for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step aside. Simultaneously, the leaders of Germany, France and Britain issued a joint state...    read more 

The Road to 9/11

“When those planes flew into those buildings, the luck of America ran out,” the essayist Leon Wieseltier wrote in the aftermath of our day of grief. We hadn’t been prepared for what, and who, came our way on that day. For a good long decade, we had been mesmerized by the financial markets, by Nasdaq [&hellip...    read more 

Top 5 Things Everyone Should Know about Syria

As the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Asad continues its brutal crackdown on the unrelenting Syrian revolutionaries, the debate over Syria in Washington has reached a feverish crescendo. Sober analysis seems to be going out the window. The five things everyone should know about Syria: 1) The Syrian regime is similar to a mafia regime, with [&hellip...    read more 

A Thrilling Spectacle in Tripoli

Who, today, does not thrill to the spectacle of freedom in Tripoli? A brave people, civilians in the main, exiles who returned to their devastated country, students with no military skills—all headed to the front in their pickup trucks to reclaim their homeland from a tyrant who had turned it into a laboratory for his [&hellip...    read more 

Shalom! And Welcome to Israel

From the outset, at El-Al’s JFK security counter, Israel had already begun shattering stereotypes. My “cross-examination” took roughly five minutes even though I was told to expect a grueling five-hour interrogation. This was my first time flying El-Al, Israel’s flag carrier. The airline’s security personnel were tough as nails; deliberate, methodi...    read more 

Your Silence Is Killing Us

The brave Syrians arrayed against the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad doubtless had a premonition of what was to come. They gave their Friday protest on July 29 a name: “Your Silence Is Killing Us.” It was said that they had in mind Aleppo and Damascus, which had stood largely aloof from the rebellion while [&hellip...    read more 

Islamism in the Arab Spring

The ongoing Arab uprising against long-standing authoritarian regimes has sparked hope and admiration for the prospect of democratization. Yet in no country can one yet say that democracy has been firmly established—not yet in Tunisia, nor in Egypt (still under military control), nor in any of the other embattled territories. (Despite sectarian strife the ...    read more 

The Road to Serfdom and the Arab Revolt

The late great Austrian economist F.A. Hayek would have seen the Arab Spring for the economic revolt it was right from the start. For generations the Arab populations had bartered away their political freedom for economic protection. They rose in rebellion when it dawned on them that the bargain had not worked, that the system [&hellip...    read more 

International Law and the Flotilla II

In the coming days, a major flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists is set to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in what many see as a publicity stunt wrapped in a humanitarian veneer. Whatever the motives of the flotilla, international law permits Israel to respond rather robustly, just as the Israel Defense Forces ended [&hellip...    read more 

Battle for the Soul of Syria

Earlier this year, as Tunisians and Egyptians clamored—and died—to depose their respective nations’ presidents-for-life, Syria’s dictator-MD, Bashar al-Assad, sat for a lengthy Wall Street Journal interview, boasting buoyantly of his regime’s endurance, revealing with an ophthalmologist’s eye the secrets of his popularity and his country’s stab...    read more