In the coming decades, observers will ask themselves how the region slid from the promise of the Oslo Accords to these lows. They may discover that this last month’s events were the watershed moment when both sides committed their next generation of youth to the never-ending conflict.
When you are exhausted and need to complain, as we all do occasionally, then do it. However, do not make others feel that your exhaustion or busyness is some sort of virtue. Moreover, rather than complaining about that final paper you need to write, discuss the paper’s thesis with a friend.
Romney would be quicker than Obama to praise Israel, but on actual policy, their positions would necessarily be remarkably similar.
These strikes are not only wiping out threats, but they are also preventing present insurgent forces from organizing themselves effectively.
Since 1949, American journalism on the Middle East has tended to concern itself with Israel’s security and, since 1979, political Islam. But these concerns encourage a shortsighted focus on surface-level political developments in the Arab world.
I would suggest that Islamism is only the weaker expression of a broader anger against power in its domestic and foreign forms.
At the start of the Egyptian revolution last January, over 20 percent of Egyptians said they would vote for Ayman Nour, according to one poll. Unfortunately, in April of this year, the Election Committee prohibited Dr. Nour, along with nine other candidates, from entering the election.
Just as scholarship requires generalization, the “monolith” argument is a polemical tool that can be used in any context as a defensive ploy.
This last year in Syria demonstrates that although the international world’s bark is louder, its bite is still weak.
These two mass killings demonstrated how random, single-event atrocities receive disproportionate attention in the public sphere.
Most of the debate on the conference revolved around two subjects: anti-Semitism and free speech.
Like all non-scientific dogma, “Orientalism” is a truth within itself without truth.
Human Rights Watch recently referred to Iraq as a “budding police state,” though the “budding” in that phrase seems more like “flourishing” by the day.
Amid the hysterical promotion of sanctions as a diplomatic panacea our politicians and their gullible constituents conveniently forget that they are square pegs in a world densely packed with round holes.