Middle East

Baghdad Walls Coming Down

AGHDAD—Market by market, square by square, the walls are beginning to come down. The miles of hulking blast walls, ugly but effective, were installed as a central feature of the surge of American troops to stop neighbors from killing one another. “They protected against car bombs and drive-by attacks,” said Adnan, 39, a vegetable seller in the once violent neighborhood of Dora, who argues that the walls now block the markets and the commerce that Baghdad needs to thrive. “Now it is safe.” The slow dismantling of the concrete walls is the most visible sign of a fundamental change here...

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Confirming the Global Instinct

The following essay found online is offered as a distinction against the ugly notions and scorn many of our enemies take the time to entertain in subversive attack upon our worldview, a worldview aimed at achieving peace, love, and fuller comprehension of our human condition, beginning with freedom and liberty for all peoples. We would hope our strategies would usher in an era of ultimate disarmament and mutually assured co-operation. But we are not fools. We recognize the world to be a dangerous and militant place, and a comprehensive survival strategy can hardly be dismissed in the face of an...


Paul McCartney Ignores Fatwah

H, IT'S AS TRUE as Uncle Albert. Islamic leader threatens death to Paul McCartney for playing in Israel. McCartney has been threatened that he will be the target of suicide bombers unless he abandons plans to play his first concert in Israel. Self-styled preacher of hate Omar Bakri claimed the former Beatle’s decision to take part in the Jewish state’s 60th anniversary celebrations had made him an enemy of all Muslims and made it official by issuing a fatwah against the ex-Beatle. Sources said Sir Paul was shocked but refused to be intimidated. In an interview with Israeli media yesterday...


Arabs Who Support Israel

HERE IS ANOTHER MUCH longed for website that purports to support Israel, the United States, peace, and harmony. And the Palestinians. It purports to be non-confrontational. It seems to be a legitimate response to the radicalized Islam now challenging the West with violence and sedition. Let us celebrate such a group of Arabs with an poignant excerpt from an essay found on the site that echoes some of the same realizations that other websites such as Jihad Watch have tried to suggest to the misinformed who apologize for the ruthless behavior of the so-called jihadists of Al Qaeda, Hams, Hezbollah,...


Don't Be Fooled By Dreamers

COMBINE RELIGION, RACE, the Cold War, America's enemies, and a history of colonialism, and you've got a breeding ground for the most virulent strains of politically correct mythology, distortions, and cover-ups. If you've spent more time in front of the TV watching reruns, and still haven't got a clue about what's going on in the mother of all global hotspots, then you need to take a stroll through The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East by Martin Sieff. In his book you'll learn: Why the Arab-Israeli conflict today isn't about borders—and never was How the Arab states openly declared...