Terrorism

Terrorism and the Crisis of Western Culture

By |2015-06-22T10:09:09-05:00June 6th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Featured, Poland, Political Philosophy, Politics, Terrorism|

This essay of mine was published by the Polish edition of the Russian Sputnik News not long after the recent terrorist attack in Paris. It presents a distinctly Eastern European view of the problem. Unlike in the United States, where the first amendment prohibits Congress from making laws to regulate speech, or France where a separation of [...]

Radical Islam: The Term That Shall Not Be Spoken

By |2015-03-18T15:23:31-05:00March 19th, 2015|Categories: Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Islam, Politics, Terrorism, War|Tags: |

The official position of the Obama Administration seems to be that our country is at war with extremism, including but not limited to those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam. It is also the position of the executive branch that proclaiming war against radical Islam specifically is unjustified, and for two reasons: [...]

Today’s Terrorists Are Not So Terrible

By |2015-03-10T16:49:59-05:00March 10th, 2015|Categories: Congress, Foreign Affairs, Government, Pat Buchanan, Terrorism, War|

Last week, John Kerry seemed to be auditioning for the role of Dr. Pangloss. Despite jihadi violence across the Middle East and ISIS terror in Iraq and Syria, Kerry told Congress, we live in “a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally—less deaths, less violent deaths [...]

More to Defend than Democracy

By |2015-02-11T17:57:24-05:00February 11th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Islam, Pat Buchanan, Terrorism|

Following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that France “is at war with terrorism, jihadism and radical Islamism.” This tells us what France is fighting against. But what is France fighting for in this war on terror? For terrorism is simply a tactic, and arguably the most effective tactic of the [...]

The Rest Removing the West

By |2015-02-10T14:32:03-05:00February 4th, 2015|Categories: Islam, Pat Buchanan, Terrorism, Western Civilization|

Western media are declaring the million-man march in Paris, where world leaders paraded down Boulevard Voltaire in solidarity with France, a victory over terrorism. Is it not pretty to think so? Unfortunately, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, its military-style execution, the escape of the assassins, and their blazing end in a shootout was a [...]

Will War Come in 2015?

By |2015-01-14T17:17:20-05:00January 14th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Pat Buchanan, Russia, Terrorism, War|

“If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you,” said Calvin Coolidge, whose portrait hung in the Cabinet Room of the Reagan White House. Among the dispositions shared by Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge was a determination to stay [...]

The ISIS Problem: Wrong Beliefs Expressed Savagely

By |2016-08-04T23:52:54-05:00November 18th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, John Horvat, Religion, Terrorism|Tags: |

The late Sen. Eugene McCarthy once said that only two kinds of religion are permitted in America: strong beliefs vaguely expressed or vague beliefs strongly expressed. In a similar way, it could be said that the same formula applies to political beliefs. Keeping everything vague is the basis of a general consensus which supposedly [...]

Independence Day Reflections: The Challenger & 9/11

By |2016-07-26T15:47:01-05:00July 4th, 2013|Categories: Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Ronald Reagan, Terrorism|

Independence Day is a good time to reflect on the direction of the nation. One who respects national traditions tends to aim these reflections from the perceived point of view of the Founders. However, the Declaration of Independence itself tells us that we the people are largely the masters of our own political destiny, [...]

The Irony of Religious Fundamentalism

By |2019-03-27T12:42:47-05:00June 14th, 2013|Categories: Christendom, Mark Malvasi, Religion, Terrorism|

Religious fundamentalism has displayed a seemingly limitless capacity for simplification and hatred, which has often turned murderous.  It is easy for us in the West to condemn Islam, but throughout its long history Christianity has also merited censure. The tumultuous and destructive wars between Catholics and Protestants that extended from the middle of the [...]

Is America Ensnared in an Endless War?

By |2014-01-22T10:46:12-05:00April 30th, 2013|Categories: Constitution, Middle East, Pat Buchanan, Terrorism, War|

“When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” So said Richard Nixon in his interviews with David Frost. Nixon was talking about wiretaps and surreptitious entries to protect lives and safeguard national security in a violent and anarchic war decade. The Nixon haters pronounced themselves morally sickened. Fast forward to [...]

America the Tragic

By |2014-01-19T10:52:02-05:00April 23rd, 2013|Categories: Civil Society, Education, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Terrorism|Tags: |

Why is it that we are once again reading about students from a large American university perpetuating acts of mass violence? Why are we reading about immigrants lashing out at the country that gave them so much good? While it does seem highly likely that the Boston terrorists were Islamicist radicals given their Chechen [...]

Presidential Power and the War on Terror: Whence Congress?

By |2014-01-28T20:30:42-05:00February 16th, 2013|Categories: Politics, Terrorism, War|Tags: |

Sunday’s New York Times carries a less than astonishing report, following the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s hearings on John O. Brennan’s nomination to be Director of Central Intelligence, that President Obama’s terrorism policies have turned out to be remarkably similar to his predecessor’s. “Obama’s Turn,” the headline runs, “in Bush’s Bind.” Bind? The [...]