I’ve come to realize a hitherto hidden dimension of why it is so hard for Western establishment figures (policymakers, journalists, and academics) to understand the Middle East. It is the conflict between the thirst for good news and the reality of bad news. Being optimists (based on the relatively good course of their own societies?) […]
Archives for November 2011
A leading journalist heard my analysis on the rise of the radical Islamists in the Middle East, how U.S. policy is helping them, and why this is a disaster. His response? How could I say that Hamas was radical and wanted to wipe out Israel since it had not continually attacked Israel from the Gaza […]
On November 28, Egyptians will vote for a parliament which will also write the country’s new constitution. The Western media at first told us that the Muslim Brotherhood was weak and unimportant as well as moderate. Now, when it’s too late, the Western media is admitting they are strong and radical. But the Obama Administration […]
What is the definition of insanity? Repeating the same behavior and expecting different results. What is the definition of Middle East policy insanity? Intensifying the same behavior that has already failed and expecting a better result. Example: After 60 years of failure by radical Arab nationalism being intransigent, warring on the West, trying […]
The only honest answer to the question of what will happen in Syria is: No one knows. After an eight-month-long battle in which more than 3500 people have been killed, there’s no telling who will be ruling Syria when the dust settles, or even when the dust will settle. A regime victory is quite possible—perhaps […]
Professor Barry Rubin addresses the recent events across the Middle East on the Michael Coren show. Professor Rubin gives an accurate depiction of how the Middle East has changed in 2011.