Organize the Arab World: Obama’s Sudden Ambition?

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On his way to a Wales-hosted NATO summit, President Obama stopped into Estonia -- he took the scenic route -- and gave a press conference chock full of leadershipy ideas. One of them is that we -- meaning the world -- will apparently whittle down ISIS until it is a "manageable problem" (see: "New Normal", here) and another is that we -- the whole world, again -- will need to "[organize] the Arab world", the Middle East, the Muslim world along with the international community to isolate this … [Read more...]

ISIS, Steve Sotloff, Kim Kardashian and the New Normal UPDATED

This is Kim Kardashian's job. Are we not entertained?

So, ISIS has beheaded a second US Journalist, and I am marveling at how much less attention is being paid to the grisly and unjust murder of Steven J. Sotloff.James Foley's murder shocked the nation, and in the midst of our insta-read-insta-forget culture of news absorption, his story survived a week's worth of news cycles, which is remarkable when you consider how quickly we consign stories to the memory hole and move on to the next big thing. Ebola? Is that still going on? What do you … [Read more...]

Do The Rapes of Rotherham Tell a Tale of Conquest? UPDATED

Koran Graffiti Indiana

For days I avoided the story, as I know many others have. Coming on the heels of the atrocities of the Islamic State, the take-over of Mosul (now a holding camp for kidnapped Yazidi "brides") the purging of the Iraqi Christians from their ancient lands and the pursuit of genocide -- the disheartening knowledge that, despite the official pivot away by our government, there are still thousands on Mount Sinjar who will not be rescued, because they are very old, or very young, or very weak -- who … [Read more...]

James Foley, Martyrdom and the Subversive Freedom of Prayer UPDATED

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A great deal has been written about the late James Foley, his beheading at the hands of a barbarous Islamic State: the moving response from this band of Syrians, the Jesuit education which, along with the example of his family kept him grounded in his faith; his own words on the power of prayer, written in previous captivity.The story is tragic and infuriating -- every bit as nation-stirring as the similar murder of Daniel Pearl, all those years ago, when bloody "war on terror" was still in … [Read more...]


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