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June 4, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
If there was a moment when the United States could have intervened in Syria, it looks like that moment has passed. Shiite militants, including Hezbollah - partly at the behest of their paymasters in Iran - are racing to the defense of Bashar Assad's regime. According to a witness account in the New York Times, there were some 11,000 Hezbollah fighters in the besieged town of Qusair alone. A Shiite religious student in Najaf, Iraq, told the Times that his colleagues believe the leader of Qatar, a backer of Syrian rebels, is a long-prophesied demonic figure who, it is foretold, will raise an army in Syria to wipe out Shiites in Iraq.
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OPINION
June 4, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
If there was a moment when the United States could have intervened in Syria, it looks like that moment has passed. Shiite militants, including Hezbollah - partly at the behest of their paymasters in Iran - are racing to the defense of Bashar Assad's regime. According to a witness account in the New York Times, there were some 11,000 Hezbollah fighters in the besieged town of Qusair alone. A Shiite religious student in Najaf, Iraq, told the Times that his colleagues believe the leader of Qatar, a backer of Syrian rebels, is a long-prophesied demonic figure who, it is foretold, will raise an army in Syria to wipe out Shiites in Iraq.
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OPINION
July 20, 2006
Re "In Iraq, Civil War All but Declared," July 19 A more accurate characterization of the killings in Iraq: It is a religious war nominally contained within the geopolitical boundaries of Iraq. CAROL HAYES San Juan Capistrano
WORLD
October 5, 2010 | By Maher Abukhater, Los Angeles Times
Palestinian officials accused Jewish settlers of setting a West Bank mosque on fire early Monday, an attack that could reignite violence as frustration grows over stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. No one claimed responsibility and no arrests were made, but Palestinians said the incident bore the hallmarks of attacks by settlers angry over the talks and a moratorium on settlement construction that recently expired. The attack came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to convene his Cabinet on Tuesday to discuss renewing the West Bank building freeze for two months to keep Palestinians from quitting the U.S.-brokered talks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1999
When the Senate refused to remove Bill Clinton from the presidency, conservative thinker and writer Paul M. Weyrich stunned the religious right with his declaration that the cultural wars in American politics were over and lost. Society is disintegrating under the influence of an alien ideology, declared the man who coined the term "Moral Majority." He added that it cannot be saved by religious influence on the American political system.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein
As synonyms for the word "vile," my thesaurus offers some of the following: offensive, objectionable, odious, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, disgusting, sickening, loathsome, foul, nasty, contemptible, despicable and noxious. Any of those words would aptly describe the advertising attack launched last week against AARP, the largest advocacy group for seniors, by the conservative interest group USA Next. But there's one word that unfortunately can't be applied: surprising.
NEWS
October 28, 2000 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nuha Sawalhi has no doubt the conflagration that has engulfed Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past month is about religion. Standing in the debris of Joseph's Tomb, in the West Bank town of Nablus, Sawalhi rejoiced on a recent afternoon that Palestinians now control the site, which she calls Sheik Yusef's Tomb. "It is our Muslim holy site," said the 54-year-old Sawalhi, cloaked in the dress of an observant Muslim woman. "When I was a child, I came and prayed here as a Muslim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1992
The Times editorializes for a U.S. military attack on Serbian Eastern-Orthodox soldiers in Sarajevo. What The Times wants is another religious war. What you will find is what the Germans did in World Wars I and II--certain defeat. This time there will be no victory parades for the returning Americans. The Serbs will not run like the Iraqis. The Serbs were betrayed by Churchill to the communist Croatian Roman-Catholic Tito in 1943. The Serbs will not be betrayed by the West again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1990
It is a rare pleasure when Turks and Armenians agree on something. That is why it was disappointing to read the letter (Feb. 5) by Turkish Assembly Vice President Bulent Basol, who wrote that the Karabakh crisis "is not a religious war as Armenians would like the public to believe." Armenians agree that it is not a religious war. Why a Turkish organization takes a point of agreement on a sensitive topic and turns it into a fabricated disagreement is an important question which demands careful scrutiny.
OPINION
April 4, 2010
Beyond the pale Re "The hostility follies," Opinion, March 30 Jonah Goldberg may want to paint the hostility and foolishness of the present violent opposition to President Obama and his policies as the same as the "extremist rhetoric against Republicans for eight years," but c'mon. I was strongly opposed to President George W. Bush's illegal war, torture and roughshod walk over human rights, and his egregious plundering of surpluses. But nowhere did anyone (including me)
OPINION
April 4, 2010
Beyond the pale Re "The hostility follies," Opinion, March 30 Jonah Goldberg may want to paint the hostility and foolishness of the present violent opposition to President Obama and his policies as the same as the "extremist rhetoric against Republicans for eight years," but c'mon. I was strongly opposed to President George W. Bush's illegal war, torture and roughshod walk over human rights, and his egregious plundering of surpluses. But nowhere did anyone (including me)
OPINION
July 20, 2006
Re "In Iraq, Civil War All but Declared," July 19 A more accurate characterization of the killings in Iraq: It is a religious war nominally contained within the geopolitical boundaries of Iraq. CAROL HAYES San Juan Capistrano
NATIONAL
April 25, 2005 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
Partisan battles over the courts moved Sunday from the halls of Congress to the pews and pulpits of the nation's churches -- with evangelical leaders portraying opponents of conservative judges as enemies of faith and liberals decrying a "religious war" being waged against them.
WORLD
April 15, 2005 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Latecomers have to hunt for a seat at the First Baptist Church of Copacabana. By 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the pews are full, the drummers and guitarists warmed up, and the faithful are ready to meet God. "Thanks be to your name," the pastor prays earnestly, his brow furrowed. "Be among us." A chorus of amens bursts from the congregation. Some members have their hands raised.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein
As synonyms for the word "vile," my thesaurus offers some of the following: offensive, objectionable, odious, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, disgusting, sickening, loathsome, foul, nasty, contemptible, despicable and noxious. Any of those words would aptly describe the advertising attack launched last week against AARP, the largest advocacy group for seniors, by the conservative interest group USA Next. But there's one word that unfortunately can't be applied: surprising.
BOOKS
June 13, 2004 | M.G. Lord, M.G. Lord is a critic and the author of the forthcoming "Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science."
In "Galileo's Daughter," Dava Sobel pioneered a genre -- the examination of a Renaissance scientist through the prism of the scientist's little-known relative. The relative in Sobel's book, a biography of 17th century Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, was Suor Maria Celeste, the scientist's illegitimate daughter, a cloistered nun who came alive in Sobel's translations of her letters to her father. Maria Celeste also supported Galileo's science.
WORLD
December 2, 2002 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
The glass-and-steel shopping mall glitters at night. Inside, luxury boutiques offer gold and jewels, Mont Blanc pens and Lacoste sportswear. At the designer coffee shop on the ground floor, patrons sip espressos and lattes around a baby grand piano that revolves beneath laser lights. This seems a strangely Vegas-like venue for a meeting with a leading member of the country's burgeoning Islamist movement.
WORLD
April 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
A man claiming to be a senior Al Qaeda figure who the United States believes is operating in Iraq has released a recording calling for the country's Sunni Muslims to fight Shiites and claiming responsibility for high-profile attacks there. The 33-minute audiotape could be heard Tuesday on a website known as a clearinghouse for militant Islamic messages. The speaker introduced himself as Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Palestinian Jordanian thought to be a close associate of Osama bin Laden.
WORLD
December 2, 2002 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
The glass-and-steel shopping mall glitters at night. Inside, luxury boutiques offer gold and jewels, Mont Blanc pens and Lacoste sportswear. At the designer coffee shop on the ground floor, patrons sip espressos and lattes around a baby grand piano that revolves beneath laser lights. This seems a strangely Vegas-like venue for a meeting with a leading member of the country's burgeoning Islamist movement.
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