Tag: Hamas

Egypt’s Future … and Ours

I suppose I need to say something more about Egypt. Since I last wrote about the situation there, much has changed—not the least the abrupt departure of Hosni Mubarak, just hours after he said he wasn’t going to step down until September. Well, September arrived earlier than expected. Then there was James Clapper, the Obama administration’s Director of National Intelligence, commenting in a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood is not necessarily an organization to fear. Here are… Read more »

A Contrast, Not a Comparison

A new theme being promoted by some in the media and, implicitly, by the Obama administration itself, is the similarity between the current occupant of the people’s White House and Ronald Reagan. Time magazine was up front with the linkage this week on its cover: Well, I would like to do a comparison myself. Let’s start with the economy. Both Reagan and Obama inherited a mess. Reagan’s solution was to reduce the tax burden on citizens and cut back on… Read more »

No Place at the Table

In a speech last night, Hosni Mubarak said he would not run again for president of Egypt in the next election, slated for September. That’s hardly going to satisfy the protesters. In the words of almost every commentator I’ve read, it’s “too little, too late.” The protesters will settle for nothing but a total capitulation and a new government run by those who didn’t work with Mubarak. But who will those people be? As I noted two days ago, a radical organization,… Read more »

Further Thoughts

I’d like to add a few thoughts on some of the topics I’ve covered this week. On the whole Israel-Palestinian conflict, I believe it’s vital not to lose track of history. Hamas is a terrorist organization, devoted to the destruction of all Jews and to wiping the nation of Israel off the map. Israel, meanwhile, has always allowed Arabs to live within its borders. Some are representatives in the Israeli Knesset. Does anyone seriously believe that Hamas or any other Islamic… Read more »

An Israeli Primer

A primer is a book of basics. It is intended to ensure that students grasp the essential foundations of a subject. I think we need a primer on the nature of the conflict in the Middle East over the state of Israel. Fact #1: Israel is a self-governing entity that is a friend to the free world. Fact #2: Israel is surrounded by enemies that want to destroy it. Fact #3: All these enemies are Islamic believers. Fact #4: Hamas,… Read more »