January 28, 2021

Meanwhile on Israel’s Lebanese Border

Israel-Lebanon border

On December 15, an Israeli jeep was driving along the Israel-Lebanese border near the coast, in a quiet area, which hadn’t seen war for decades. Suddenly a shot rang out. A warrant officer fell dead, but he wasn't killed by a "terrorist." Apparently he had been shot by a uniformed soldier of the Lebanese army. Let's consider this situation under the America's supposed security protection of Israel. Is Lebanon going to court martial this soldier? Is the United States going to demand that he … [Read more...]

Are Sunni Arabs More Afraid of Israel than Iran?

barry-rubin

I'm surprised that the following coincidence was not connected to Purim. Once again an Iranian tyrant is threatening countries in the region, and it isn't just Jews that are worried. In an absolutely remarkable historical event, President Shimon Peres delivered a speech to 29 representatives from Arab and Islamic states via satellite. Do not kid yourself; this would not have happened if the Egyptians, Saudis, and others hadn't thought that the U.S. had sold out the Sunni Arabs."Everybody … [Read more...]

Obama’s Seven Premises About Islamist Terrorism and Revolution

barry-rubin

So you want to understand Obama foreign policy? Ok, here is is, an explanation in clear, simple, and accurate form based on Obama’s recent speech at Fort McNair about terrorism: Obama Premise Number One: If one wanted to come up with a slogan for the Obama Administration regarding the “war on terrorism” it would be this: To win the war on terrorism one must lose the war on revolutionary Islamism.  because only by showing that America is the Islamists’ friend will it take … [Read more...]

Obama’s Head-in-the-Sand Speech On Terror

barry-rubin

President Barack Obama’s speech at the National Defense University, “The Future of Our Fight against Terrorism”, is a remarkable exercise in wishful thinking and denial. Essentially, his theme: the only strategic threat to the United States is posed by terrorists carrying out terrorist attacks. In the 6400 words used by Obama, Islam only constituted three of them, and most interestingly, in all three instances the word was used to deny that the United States is at war with Islam. In … [Read more...]

Bombings in Boston

barry-rubin

This story will be updated regularly. Two bombs went off in Boston near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, within 100 yards of each other, killing and injuring many people. Rumors are still rife and numbers are still questionable. The most reliable count so far is two dead, 102 wounded but there are many variations. In addition to the two bombs placed in garbage piles along the race route, there were two more nearby–one in a hotel and one under the bleachers. One of the bombs … [Read more...]

Why Revolutionary Sunni Islamism is the World’s Greatest Strategic Threat and None of it is Moderate

barry-rubin

No, it sure isn’t the age of Aquarius or of Multicultural, Politically Correct love-ins. It’s the age of revolutionary Islamism, especially Sunni Islamism. And you better learn to understand what this is all about real fast. (Shia Islamism, important mainly because of Iran and especially because of its nuclear ambitions, is number two on the threat list. But that’s not our topic today.) Focusing on the Sunni revolutionary Islamist tidal wave, the foundation of knowledge is that there … [Read more...]

Which Way for Syria? Listen to the Sermons

barry-rubin

A friend of mine listened to the sermon given at the Ramadan evening prayer in a village near the north Syria town of Idleeb August 7. The closer one gets to ground level in the Middle East, the crazier things become. Sure, by the time the Western-educated, suit and tie wearing leader sits down with the Western reporter everything sounds calm and cool. But the earth is boiling. Just as the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood blames Israel for a jihadist attack on an Egyptian military base in Sinai — … [Read more...]

Alger Hiss, The “Loss” of China, and the Obama Administration’s Blindspot Toward The Islamist Threat

barry-rubin

When Andrew McCarthy drew a parallel between the treatment of State Department official (and Soviet spy) Alger Hiss in the 1940s and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin Weiner today  it reminded me of an interesting discovery from my own research, as documented in my history of the State Department, Secrets of State. As Andrew McCarthy notes, after Hiss was accused of being a Soviet spy and convicted of perjury, Secretary of State Dean Acheson–a friend and colleague in … [Read more...]

Inside Iran: War By Other Means

jonathan-spyer

Iran announced this week that it is set to transfer responsibility for part of its oil sales to three newly established private consortiums. This move is intended to counter an EU ban on importation, shipping and purchase of Iranian oil, which went into effect on July 1. The ban is the latest element in the sanctions program intended to force Iran to abandon its push for a nuclear weapons capability. It looks set to cost Tehran a decline in revenue from oil exports of billions of … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Iran, Nuclear Weapons, and Tehran’s Regional Role

barry-rubin

Months ago, when it was at its height, I wrote that the hysteria about Israel allegedly being about to attack Iran and the argument by some that Israel should do so were nonsense. Now it is clear that there was never any chance that such a thing would happen. And that idea was a bad one expressed by non-Israelis who didn’t know what they were talking about. Now, former Mossad head Meir Dagan, identified, along with former Israel Security Agency director Yuval Diskin, as the main critic of … [Read more...]