July 25, 2004 |
TWO additions to the now-sagging bookshelf labeled "Empire, American, New" could hardly be more dissimilar, offering radically divergent explanations for how and why U.S. foreign policy in recent years went off the rails and equally different (and simplistic) prescriptions for what's needed to get us out of our current mess. Written by a senior counterintelligence official at the CIA, "Imperial Hubris" offers a scathing critique of the U.S. government's conduct of its war on terror.
March 23, 2004 |
Cries for revenge sounded from the university campuses of the Persian Gulf to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean on Monday after Israel killed Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin, a spiritual leader and symbol of Palestinian resistance revered throughout the Islamic world. As Arabs hardened against the possibility of conciliation with Israel, Hamas threatened to retaliate beyond Israel's borders, deepening fears that unrest could overflow to other countries.
February 22, 2004 |
Despite an enormous investment over the last few years by Jewish and Israeli institutions to fight the "new anti-Semitism," it is still gaining strength in Europe and the Islamic world. The Jewish establishment here and in Israel has correctly been skeptical of the romantic but tired belief that anti-Semitism will just wither away when true justice for the Palestinians is achieved.
October 17, 2003
Casting military or political struggles in intolerant, especially religious, terms is a sure way to make them intractable. The Thirty Years War, which was at bottom a battle among Catholics, Lutherans and Calvinists, left Europe blood-soaked in the 17th century. In recent decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has fundamentalist Israeli settlers and Palestinian militants confronting each other in explicit religious terms.
September 2, 2003
Re "Stage Is Set for Islamic World Renaissance," Commentary, Aug. 28: One of the reasons that Islam began to decline in influence was the emergence of fundamentalism. Prior to the appearance of these fundamentalist factions, Islam was renowned for its tolerance, intellectualism, creativity and scientific inquiry. The list of Arab and Persian scientists, poets, philosophers, historians and explorers from the 10th century to the 13th century is incredibly impressive and seemingly endless.
May 25, 2003 |
Iraq's Shiites, 60% of the population, most of them fervently religious, have stunned U.S. officials who gave us the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Not only do they reject our occupation, but they also dismiss the Western-style democracy that we were assured they would welcome.
March 6, 2003 |
An Iraqi leader unleashed a vitriolic attack on Kuwaiti delegates to an emergency meeting of Muslim nations Wednesday, turning a last-ditch attempt to avert war into a televised verbal mugging that further frayed emotions throughout the Islamic world. After denouncing Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheik Sabah al Ahmed al Jabbar al Sabah for allowing American forces to mass in his country, Iraqi envoy Izzat Ibrahim hurled insults at Sabah's deputy, who had stood up to defend the minister.
December 15, 2002
Re "Anti-Islam Rhetoric Undercuts Moderates," Commentary, Dec. 11: Having traveled to Egypt and Turkey, I know that believing in the Islamic faith does not mean that one is vicious or violent. But such everyday peaceful lives are sadly overshadowed by events like the senseless violence in Nigeria over the Miss World pageant. Until there is a vocal condemnation across the Islamic world of the fringe minority who are filled with ignorance and hate -- of those in the Islamic world who take out of context the words of the Koran -- there will be a justification of those on the other side who deride Islam.
December 6, 2002 |
Faced with a negative perception of the United States in the Islamic world, President Bush visited a mosque Thursday as his administration sought to deepen support for the international campaign against terrorism. His trip through snowy streets to the Islamic Center of Washington reflected what the White House has presented as a constant theme since the Sept. 11 attacks -- the importance of reaching out to Muslims, made all the more meaningful as the confrontation with Iraq grows more tense.