A Canticle on a September Morn

By |2020-09-10T13:15:34-05:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, History, Joseph Mussomeli, National Security, Politics, Terrorism|

I sometimes still worry that all the publicity centering around 9/11 drowns out the cries of those who died that day. I don’t want that to happen. The tragedy of their dying was corrupted from the very start by our leaders who failed to understand why they died and who used their dying for their [...]

Everything You Ever Feared to Know About American Security Policy

By |2019-08-07T00:17:47-05:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: Joseph Mussomeli, Liberty, National Security, Senior Contributors, Terrorism|

Two questions should always be asked over and over again before security measures are implemented: At what point do security measures impede security? And at one point is a free people no longer free? It has been quiet recently here in the homeland. Terrorist bombs and other attacks continue unabated in the Middle East and sporadically in Europe, but it has [...]

Syria: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

By |2018-09-18T11:01:13-05:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Joseph Mussomeli, Politics, Terrorism, War|

Like his predecessors, President Trump is now convinced that staying the course militarily throughout the Middle East is our only choice, worrying that a “hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists would instantly fill." If that is the standard, we will stay forever... Despite this President’s sometimes confused perspective on international relations, his world [...]

Five Amusing Myths About the Iran Controversy

By |2018-05-13T23:15:55-05:00May 13th, 2018|Categories: Donald Trump, History, National Security, Politics, Terrorism|

A nuclear-armed Iran is something that the world community should strive to prevent, but in the long run our pushing Iran into a corner will be detrimental to both the United States and Israel… 1. Iran is the Leading State Sponsor of Terrorism The State Department has been regurgitating this mindless drivel for decades and [...]

Lebanon the Magnificent: An Inquiry into Exile and Terror

By |2018-01-30T14:07:36-06:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Foreign Affairs, Freedom, History, Islam, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Politics, Religion, Terrorism|

Sphinx-like Lebanon—best known for its businessmen, bankers, and civil wars—is the ultimate example in explaining the inexplicable in the Mideast… If the dog now wants something, he wags his tail; impatient of Master’s stupidity in not understanding the perfectly distinct and expressive speech, he adds vocal expression—he barks—and finally an expression of attitude—he mimes or [...]

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 war [...]

Should We Choose the “Boromir Option”?

By |2017-07-14T15:38:19-05:00July 9th, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Ethics, Evil, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, National Security, Senior Contributors, Terrorism|

The so-called Boromir Option raises the question as to whether it is ever permissible to use evil means in pursuit of a good end… In a recent essay for the Imaginative Conservative I wrote about what I called the Mercutio Option, based on the character in Romeo & Juliet who cursed both the warring factions [...]

The Mercutio Option: A Plague on Both Their Houses

By |2017-06-30T23:56:19-05:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Europe, Immigration, Islam, Joseph Pearce, Religion, Terrorism|

For Christians caught in the crossfire between Islamist and “Islamophobic” hatred, the only choice is to take the Mercutio option, refusing to take sides in a heartless and headless feud and calling down a plague upon both hate-filled parties… What is the world coming to? More specifically, what is my own country of England coming [...]

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, [...]

The Orlando Massacre: Why Guns and Christians are Responsible

By |2016-08-30T09:56:44-05:00June 15th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Culture War, Featured, Islam, Politics, Terrorism|

Orlando is the place of make-believe. Disney World, Universal Studios, theme parks: They have all served to enchant the imaginations of millions of children and parents alike. Of course, this magical wonderland was shattered early Sunday morning by the rounds of bullets that killed forty-nine people and injured dozens more at the Pulse nightclub, a [...]

After Orlando Can America Still Tolerate Islam?

By |2016-08-03T10:36:02-05:00June 13th, 2016|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Islam, Politics, Religion, Terrorism|

This week, tragedy struck America. By now, the news of fifty murdered patrons of a gay bar in Orlando has circulated throughout the world; the Orlando shooting dominates news websites, social media streams, and the thought of American politicians looking for quick capital gains. Motivations for the attack are not yet fully clear: ISIS has [...]

Terrorism: It’s All Your Fault!

By |2016-03-21T00:30:32-05:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Foreign Affairs, Ideology, Politics, Terrorism, Virtue|

Did you know that terrorism was your fault? Mine too, of course. In fact, if one pays attention to the writings of academic philosophers (always dangerous, I know) one would get the impression that terrorism is everyone’s fault—except for the academic philosophers (and the terrorists, of course). Two examples taken from academic works on the [...]

Of Gods and Men: A Monastic Response to Islam

By |2016-01-11T07:51:05-06:00November 29th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, Film, Islam, Muslim, Religion, Terrorism|

“What can man do against such reckless hate?” asks the trapped and helpless Theoden King in Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers. He speaks for us all when faced with the orcs of ISIS rising in the East. Another film struggles with the same question. In Of Gods and Men nine Trappist monks face the encroaching [...]

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