Russia’s bombing of Syria has been all over the news this week. Russian officials are claiming their actions are aimed at squelching ISIS. But should we welcome Russia’s help with conducting airstrikes in Syria to combat ISIS?
David French, Iraq War Veteran and Constitutional Lawyer, says “No.” In his column at National Review, he lays out four reasons we should be very weary of Russia’s actions.
First, Putin wants Russia to supplant the United States as the pre-eminent world power in the Middle East. By forging closer ties with Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Hezbollah, Putin hopes to build an alliance that stretches from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf — an alliance that explicitly includes and incorporates known American enemies and is implacably hostile to American allies like the Israelis and the Kurds.
Second, fighting ISIS is incidental to this goal. Putin doesn’t care if the Middle East is “stable,” and he doesn’t have the slightest desire to halt the flow of migrants into Western Europe (or the U.S., for that matter). He can easily tolerate long-term conflict — so long as his forces and allies maintain the upper hand, America’s international position erodes, and American allies are weak, dispirited, and ultimately defeated. Russia cares about power, not about building stable, just, and moderate Middle Eastern governments.
Read the rest of David’s argument, here.
Carly Fiorina made a huge splash in the second Republican Primary debate. And feminists are taking notice. Rich Lowry wrote a column at National Review explaining the mixed emotions Carly is evoking among feminists.
The novelist Jennifer Weiner told the New York Times for a story about the conflicted feelings of feminists, “It’s so weird — she looks like one of us, but she’s not.” Another feminist writer said that “there’s an excitement and a horror.” The managing editor of the feminist website Jezebel tweeted the night of the debate, “I’m in love with and terrified of her.” Yes, be afraid, very afraid. Fiorina already may be the most effective, high-profile woman that the pro-life movement has. At the debate, she captured the enormity of the Planned Parenthood scandal, for which there are almost no words, speaking of it in the harshly indignant terms that it deserves.
The pro-life movement has been waiting for a woman like Fiorina to come along and refuse to give any credibility to the narrative that abortion is about women’s health and rights. She is a strong, intelligent, accomplished mother, who is unafraid to stand firm in her convictions. [Read more…]
In Oregon, the news quickly emerged that the shooter at the community college located in Roseburg asked his victims what their religious affiliation was before deciding how to shoot them. If they said they were a Christian, he shot them in the head. If they were a different affiliation, he shot them in a less lethal body part. In the end, ten martyrs confessed their faith in Christ. [Read more…]