Middle East

“Parthia Delenda Est”: John Bolton’s War in the Middle East

By |2019-05-08T22:30:50-05:00May 8th, 2019|Categories: Joseph Mussomeli, Middle East, National Security, Politics, Senior Contributors, War|

National Security Advisor John Bolton has thus far failed to maneuver the world into yet another Made-in-America Middle East conflict. Yet he might soon have the justification he wants. In the American lexicon there is never any such thing as wars of aggression. We prefer calling them wars of liberation. This has not been [...]

The Sri Lanka Church Bombings: The Saudi Pestilence Spreads

By |2019-04-24T23:09:25-05:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Civilization, Joseph Mussomeli, Middle East, Muslim, Politics, Religion, Senior Contributors|

The history of Sri Lanka through the Fifties to the present time is a sobering reminder to those who fail to see that unrestrained democracy can lead to the tyranny of the majority and that robust diversity is as often a cause of friction and strife as it is a strength to be celebrated. [...]

President Trump Is Right About Syria… Even if He’s Wrong

By |2018-12-31T01:13:46-05:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Joseph Mussomeli, Middle East, Neoconservatism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, if it holds, is one of the few genuinely courageous acts of his presidency… My first thought when I heard that President Trump was finally taking our troops out of the quagmire called Syria was that he was not really serious. Given how frequently and [...]

The Saudi Crown Prince Starring in the Role of Henry II

By |2018-10-25T10:26:36-05:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: Ethics, Joseph Mussomeli, Journalism, Middle East, Monarchy, Politics, Tyranny|

We have all seen the scene at least once, although some of us have savored it perhaps dozens of times. The handsome, dynamic, misunderstood, modernizing young king, with his slender physique, slender beard, and even more slender morals, strutting about the banquet hall knocking the plates and goblets off the table in a drunken frenzy. [...]

Nixing the Iran Deal: Another U.S. Blunder in the Middle East?

By |2017-10-17T11:55:32-05:00October 17th, 2017|Categories: Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Middle East|

Abrogating the agreement will not enable Iran to build nuclear weapons; rather, abrogating the agreement will help the United States justify a military response once Iran is provoked into walking away from the agreement... Hassan Rouhani The only thing surprising about President Trump’s decision to decertify Iran on October 14 is that it [...]

Conservatism, Civil Religion, & the Culture War

By |2019-06-06T10:43:50-05:00October 8th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Books, Conservatism, Featured, Foreign Affairs, History, Middle East, Politics, Timeless Essays|

Our real culture wars are not being waged between “God and country” conservatism on the one side and multicultural secular liberalism on the other. It now seems to me that our real culture wars are waged between Civil Religion on the one side and Christian orthodoxy on the other… Today’s offering in our Timeless [...]

The Islamophobes Are Right … and Also Wrong

By |2017-10-05T08:43:47-05:00October 4th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Freedom, Hilaire Belloc, History, Immigration, Islam, Middle East, Muslim, National Security, Politics, Religion, Terrorism|

What ideology ever threatened America more than Islamic extremism? And yet might Islam, which once helped save and preserve Western thought and culture a thousand years ago, do something similar this century, helping to bring us back to a more spiritual, less materialistic, epoch?… 1938. The world is on the threshold of the most devastating [...]

Making the World Safe for Theocracy?

By |2017-09-08T12:09:40-05:00June 15th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Foreign Affairs, Islam, Middle East, National Security, Politics, Religion|

We can only hope that our current president will not now, in his efforts to make the world safe from terrorism, instead make the world safe for Wahhabism, the last remaining totalitarianism of our time... There have been more than a dozen Islamic terrorist attacks perpetrated in the United States. They mostly fall within the [...]

Will Our War Against Radical Islam Ever End?

By |2017-06-06T21:53:35-05:00June 6th, 2017|Categories: Islam, Middle East, Muslim, Terrorism, War|

Wars, it is said, are the death of republics. And we now seem to be caught up in an endless war... Saturday, three Islamic terrorists committed "suicide-by-cop," using a van to run down pedestrians on London Bridge, and then slashing and stabbing patrons of pubs and diners in the nearby Borough Market. By all accounts, [...]

Opponents of Muslim Immigration: Modern Know-Nothings?

By |2017-04-03T01:21:43-05:00February 6th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Donald Trump, Featured, History, Immigration, Middle East, Politics|

The fact that some Americans once considered Catholicism a menace is now used as an argument against critics of Muslim immigration. But what if all the things that were once falsely charged against Catholicism are actually true of Islam?… “In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this [...]

Long Night’s Journey into Day: The Twilight of Knightly Men

By |2019-08-15T15:09:36-05:00September 30th, 2016|Categories: Civilization, Culture, Featured, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Middle East, Military, War, Western Civilization|

"The East is another name for the West"—Sufi proverb In Memory of Stephen J. Masty When, in happier days, she was inscrutable "Arabia," and felix the plucky cognomen-ex-virtute honoring a mythological lineage of Sheban queens, Roman misadventure, and flourishing trade routes scented in cinnamon and frankincense, the greatest of English explorers submitted to her virgin [...]

Is NATO Necessary Now?

By |2015-12-11T14:01:35-05:00December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Europe, Foreign Affairs, Middle East, Pat Buchanan, Russia, War|

Recently, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosted a spirited discussion with Donald Trump on whether he was right in asserting that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the towers came down on 9/11. About Muslim celebrations in Berlin, however, there appears to be no doubt. In my chapter “Eurabia,” in State of Emergency: The Third World [...]

The Foreign Policy Wisdom of Vladimir Putin

By |2015-11-20T16:22:49-05:00October 21st, 2015|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Middle East, Nationalism, Russia, War|

“Do you realize now what you have done?” So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us. Fourteen years after we invaded Afghanistan, Afghan troops [...]

The Blood-Red Hue of the Color Revolutions

By |2015-07-14T00:10:29-05:00July 14th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Middle East, Poland, Revolution, Russia, War|

All around us, we see the horrible fires of the global democratic revolution. The flames from this blaze have scorched Afghanistan, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Ukraine. A trait common to all these revolutionary wars is democratic rhetoric, lethal action, and the collapse of imperfect regimes in favor of perfect chaos. The “Color [...]