Why ISIS Doesn’t Have to Win (and We Can’t Defeat Them)

Yesterday I wrote an article about a discussion I had with my son about the instability and conflict in the Middle East. Following is a personal reflection to follow up on the article. Read the previous piece HERE.  In the wake of the Paris attacks, the continuing exodus of Syrian refugees and the growing destabilization wrought [Read More…]

Dad, Why Can’t We Just Kill Them?

Read my follow-up piece written the next day about ISIS HERE. My twelve-year-old son posed this question to me over the long weekend after hearing, the public radio accounts Assad’s iron grip in Syria, Israeli-Palestinian intractability and ISIS reaching their tendrils across the Middle East. His solution: just kill the bad guys. This was, I [Read More…]

We’ve Already Blown It in Syria

Everyone is talking about what we should be doing in response to the discovery of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. But what no one seems to be acknowledging, from the most vocal advocates for peace to the staunchest hawks, is that our efforts are destined to fail, regardless of what we do. I [Read More…]

Freedom not to be free?

Freedom not to be free? By Christian Piatt (Originally published in PULP) We’ve all watched history revealing itself in real time with the remarkable events in the Middle East. From Egypt and Libya to Yemen and Bahrain, individuals and small groups of protesters are challenging the iron grasps of decades-long dictatorships. It’s enough to give [Read More…]


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