Anti-terrorist ally overthrown

The United States lost another ally in the war against Islamic terrorism.  The pro-American government in Yemen–which helped us fight the ruthless Yemeni al-Qaida and allowed our drone attacks–was overthrown by  Houthi rebels.  The Houthi are Shi’ites, meaning they oppose the Sunni al-Qaida and ISIS, but are allied with Iran.  Still, they oppose the drone strikes and are strongly anti-American and anti-Israel.  The coup is another setback for American anti-terrorism efforts. [Read more...]

A king dies, but the new king has dementia

Saudi Arabia is trying to hurt the American domestic oil industry by pumping so much oil that it drives down prices so as to make fracking unprofitable.  And yet, that helps Americans with low gasoline prices.  Saudi Arabia is the center of arch-conservative Sunni Islam, but has been a key American ally against ISIS.  Saudi Arabian despotism creates Islamist rebels, but American foreign policy sees it as a force for stability in the Middle East.  Saudi Arabia outlaws Christianity within its borders, but tends to be on the side of America’s government.

Now this important but contradictory nation is suddenly facing a crisis.  Its king, 90-year-0ld King Abdullah, has died.  Its odd laws of succession give the kingship to the various sons of the founding monarch, and, thanks to Islamic polygamy, there are 35 of them.  So the throne goes to the various brothers of the previous king, rather than to the next generation.  So the new king of Saudi Arabia is 79 years old and reportedly suffers from dementia. [Read more...]

The French 9/11.

Islamic terrorists, having attacked the offices of the humor magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve,  struck again in Paris, attacking t a Jewish kosher grocery store, killing four hostages.  The French held a huge rally Sunday–the largest in the history of that nation of popular uprisings–in support of the victims of the terrorists, and other European nations are reportedly reconsidering their openness to Islamic immigrants, many of whom have been flocking to fight with ISIS in Syria.  The French periodical Le Monde is referring to “the French September 11.” [Read more...]

Terrorists avenge Muhammed cartoons

Remember that French magazine that, along with the one from Denmark that started the controversy, published cartoons that depicted the Muslim prophet Muhammed?  Terrorists attacked the Paris office of the humor magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which has continued to print satirical cartoons about Islam, killing the cartoonists, the editor, and 10 more. [Read more...]

Terrorism in Australia

An Islamic terrorist took over a coffee house in Sydney, holding 17 hostages for 16 hours until police moved in.  Two hostages and the gunman were killed.  The terrorist was an Australian of Iranian heritage, though he was reportedly a Sunni activist.  Authorities believe he acted alone and was not part of a larger plot.  (Though, arguably, foreign threats may be easier to counter than those of domestic origin.) [Read more...]

Torture Report

The Senate released a report detailing the way the CIA used brutal interrogation techniques during the War on Terrorism.  The report said that not only was the torture–which included waterboarding and “rectal rehydration”–immoral, but  that it was ineffective in uncovering terrorist threats.  The CIA strongly disputes that last part. [Read more...]


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