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Opinion: Syrian Conflict Starting to Resemble Mini-World War

June 10, 2013 In Depth, Special Feature, Syria
Could US jets fight in Syria? Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

Could US jets fight in Syria? Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

If you enjoy playing with dominoes, you know that a carefully laid out pattern of the toys can make quite an impressive display once the first one is knocked over. One after another, dominoes fall at racing speed. Similarly, if you’re a history buff, you may recall that World War I began when a random member of European royalty was killed. Like dominoes, one incident quickly led to another that started the largest war the world had ever seen.

The civil war in Syria has been threatening to spread to other countries for months now. But some important dominoes are tottering and others are being set up. The Syrian conflict is on the verge of spinning out of control, and it’s mostly the fault of two Syrian allies. … Continue Reading

Opinion: US Needs to Learn from Russia

May 19, 2013 In Depth, Special Feature, Syria
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

The Syrian civil war is rapidly turning into a mini-world war, with the United States and Russia on opposite sides. The Americans have never liked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the Russians find him a useful ally in the Middle East—in large part because he opposes the US and its friends. And right now, the Russian side of this quasi-cold war is winning—and it’s time the US realized that and did something new. Your tax dollars, gas budget, and quite possibly safety, depend on it. … Continue Reading

Analysis: Syria Attacks Turkey and Wins—and You Lose

May 12, 2013 Special Feature, Syria
Is Turkish leader protesting too much? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Is Turkish leader protesting too much? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Two cars reportedly blew up in Turkey on Saturday, killing dozens. And you should care, because it is increasing the chance for Middle East war, all while helping the bad guys win. It’s true, we don’t want terror to succeed, but sometimes terror wins. On Saturday, Syria managed to use terror to create real second-guessing by Turkey of their support for the Syrian rebels fighting a brutal dictator. And that’s bad for all of us.

The goal, it appears, of Syria’s minions setting off car bombs in a Turkish town is to turn the Turks against the Syrian rebels. It’s bringing the fight from the frontlines to the front porch, and it’s not really Turkey’s fight. Would you back and support others in their war if it meant you taking needless bullets on their behalf? … Continue Reading

Audio: Middle East News Impacts Your Wallet and Safety

Iranian President Ahmadinejad. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

There’s actually good news in the Middle East this week, and it’s directly affecting you. Iran is worried about oil prices, and that’s great for your bank account and your safety. To hear more, click the link below.

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Opinion: Obama’s Israel Trip Clarifies Iranian Nuclear Issue

US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

The trip of US President Barack Obama to Israel has on the surface been relatively staid: No grandiose peace plans or attack plans. No groundbreaking decisions. But the details coming from Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shed crucial light on the approaches their respective nations are taking on Iran’s nuclear program. And it appears that Israel is further away from demanding a strike on Iran, even as the odds of an Israeli attack have increased. … Continue Reading

Opinion: World Pushing Israel into Corner on Iran—Again

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The latest countdown to red lines on Iran’s nuclear progress is officially up and running. Just last year, Netanyahu said the world needed to act by this summer, lest Tehran cross thresholds in its nuclear program that would make it nearly impossible to prevent them from developing an atomic weapon.

Meanwhile, the world has set up its own countdown—to more meetings with Iran. The sides are set to meet again this week at an “expert level” and then again in April at the fuller, political negotiating-level. Iran has boasted that the West has started to see some of its perspective and media reports indicate that demands on Iran have lessened. US President Barack Obama better have real answers in his upcoming meetings with Netanyahu, or Israel will have every reason to start losing hope. … Continue Reading

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