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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Raymond Ibrahim: Are Islamic State Atrocities the Product of 'Grievances'?

The following by Raymond Ibrahim is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Islamic State Atrocities: Products of 'Grievances'?

by Raymond Ibrahim
FrontPage Magazine
September 17, 2014


While many have rightfully criticized U.S. President Obama's recent assertion that the Islamic State "is not Islamic," some of his other equally curious but more subtle comments pronounced in the same speech have been largely ignored.

Consider the president's invocation of the "grievances" meme to explain the Islamic State's success: "At this moment the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL—which calls itself the Islamic State."

Obama's logic, of course, is fortified by an entire apparatus of professional apologists who make the same claim. Thus Georgetown professor John Esposito—whose apologetics sometimes morph into boldfaced lies—also recentlydeclared that "The "primary drivers [for the Islamic State's violence] are to be found elsewhere," that is, not in Islam but in a "long list of grievances."

Arlene Kushner on How Think Tanks -- and Martin Indyk -- Are Bought

From Arlene Kushner:
September 21, 2014

Duplicity
 

The news appeared recently in several media sources, that major think tanks in Washington DC are being funded by foreign governments.  This is huge.  But you may have missed it.

It was the NY Times that broke the story, and I quote here (emphasis added):
“The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a United States foreign aid program.

“But the recipient of the cash was not one of the many Beltway lobbying firms that work every year on behalf of foreign governments.

“It was the Center for Global Development, a nonprofit research organization, or think tank, one of many such groups in Washington that lawmakers, government officials and the news media have long relied on to provide independent policy analysis and scholarship.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Arlene Kushner: On The UN -- After Failing in Syria, It Will Guarantee Success in Gaza!

From Arlene Kushner:
September 17, 2014

Surreal


Much of what goes on in the world these days has a surreal quality. But here’s a case that is sort of emblematic of a host of situations:
“Syrian rebels linked to Al-Qaeda have seized UN weapons, uniforms and vehicles from peacekeepers in the Golan and set up a ‘safe zone’ to wage attacks, the Syrian ambassador said Tuesday.

“The United Nations on Monday was forced to pull back hundreds of peacekeepers to the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan (sic) after Syrian rebels advanced on their positions.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review of Barry Rubin's "Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East"

The following, by Lionel Gossman, is reposted with permission of The Middle East Forum: