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Opinion: It’s Time for Congress to Get Involved in Gaza War

Will US Congress let aid reach Qatar? US Capitol building. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Will US Congress let aid reach Qatar? US Capitol building. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

After what appeared to be a supportive approach to Israel’s war on Gaza terrorists, the US has reportedly given Israel some backhanded diplomacy. According to reports from Haaretz and Al-Monitor, the US proposed a ceasefire to the Israel-Hamas conflict that embraced multiple Hamas requests while barely noting Israeli concerns.

Based on these reports, especially that in Al-Monitor, it appears the US has squandered its good influence in the Middle East. That report mentioned the possibility of pressuring Hamas-sponsoring Qatar with financial means. I believe that there is still time to do that. And it’s time the US Congress did it. … Continue Reading

Why Israel Should Not Cease Their Fire

Israeli Tank. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock.Over the past couple of weeks, Israel and Gaza terrorists have engaged in an extensive round of violence. Amid the rising death toll on both sides, the US is now becoming increasingly urgent in calling for a ceasefire. But the US should be ashamed of themselves, and Israel shouldn’t listen to them. Here are three reasons why: … Continue Reading

Opinion: Palestinian ‘Unity’ A Sad Reality

Abbas is choosing the wrong friends. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Abbas is choosing the wrong friends. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Well, that didn’t take long. Nine months after new peace talks were launched between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinians managed to not only put up a roadblock to extending the talks, but appear to have killed them for the foreseeable future. “Peace partners” don’t sign unity deals with terrorists, and so away went the peace option when the “moderate” Palestinians proposed to reconcile with Hamas.

People were quick to point out that the Palestinian faction Fatah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, has tried to re-unite with Hamas before and it’s failed every time. But this time, it really looks likely, and that’s the end of the real peace process for now. It may also lead to a new round of violence or even war.

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Opinion: US Forced to Pick Sides in Mideast Cold War

April 27, 2014 In Depth, Special Feature
America's talking loudly, but how big a stick are they carrying? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

America’s talking loudly, but how big a stick are they carrying? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

It was a subtle move last week, the US agreeing to send less than a dozen Apache attack helicopters to Egypt. Less subtle, but still quiet, was the American dismay at the alliance between the so-called “moderate” Palestinians in the Fatah movement and the radical Hamas terror movement. But uneventful as these US responses are, they nonetheless represent the beginning of a big change: America is getting off the fence in the Middle East. … Continue Reading

Opinion: Syrian Conflict Playing with Wild Fire

March 21, 2014 In Depth, Special Feature
Could a handshake prevent things from getting out of hand? UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Could a handshake prevent things from getting out of hand? UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

The Butterfly Effect builds off of the theory that if a butterfly flaps its wings, the impact of its action ultimately can impact a hurricane many miles away. In short, it argues that the world is interconnected and even small actions have unexpected consequences.

Well, the Syrian civil war is very much a combative Butterfly Effect: When terrorists join a civil war, nations not even involved in the fighting get attacked. Israel is enduring this first hand, and right now it’s looking like it could get out of hand. … Continue Reading

Opinion: Waning US Influence Means Chaos in Middle East

America's talking loudly, but how big a stick are they carrying? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

America’s talking loudly, but how big a stick are they carrying? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

It was 2005, and the world was looking brighter. Lebanon kicked out Syria’s army, Ukraine had a pro-West, pro-democracy revolution, Libya was in the midst of deconstructing their weapons of mass destruction and the world’s powerful bad guys seemed to be isolated into a two-nation axis of evil. It was a good year for the West and America.

Now it’s 2014. Lebanon is home to a powerful Iranian-led terror militia known as Hezbollah. The Iranians are popular with corporations racing to get a piece of the pie as sanctions disappear. North Korea has made multiple nuclear tests and Ukraine is under Russian threat. What’s a key element to all the bad news? America’s inability and disinterest in influencing world affairs. It’s a new world order now: fend for yourself. Goodbye Middle East stability. … Continue Reading

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