Herb London is the president of the London Center for Policy Research. He is the former president of the Hudson Institute and professor emeritus at New York University. He created the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and was its dean until 1992. London is coauthor of “The Sunni Vanguard.”
Since September 11, 2001 the United States has been engaged in a struggle against radical Islam. The enemies have a variety of names from ISIS to al Qaeda, from Boko Harem to the Muslim Brotherhood, from Hamas to Hezbollah, but they are all active in the name of Islam and all have an imperial goal of creating a caliphate. Tactics may vary; yet they consistently maintain an extreme level of violence as a source of intimidation.
Policies emerging from the Obama administration are often perplexing. Why give ISIS a virtual free hand in destroying Iraqi and Syrian borders? Why does the administration support a European Union that is gasping for political breath? Why has the Obama team allowed Latin American youths to cross our border in violation of national sovereignty?
?As Israel’s troops withdraw from Gaza, the world should not be hopeful that the “peace” will be long-lasting.
Against mounting evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin supplied the SA11 missile system that shot Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the skies, the world is drawing inevitable comparisons between the former KGB operative in Moscow and his counterpart, the ex-community organizer in the Oval Office in Washington.
The old story about the deadly scorpion and the frog has been adapted to the current situation in the Middle East.
There’s a radical form of liberal secularism taking root in both Christian and Jewish religions that seems more interested in fashionable left-wing bromides than religious doctrine. This new holistic faith is one where paeans to “same sex marriage,” “abortion rights” and “equality” have been substituted for biblical truths, traditional values -- or even common sense.
It’s not unusual for left-wing billionaire activist George Soros to be opposed or even protested by conservatives.
It is one of the greatest indictments of today’s poisonous political environment that Congressional Democrats and Republicans cannot even come together to investigate the murders of four American citizens, including a U.S. Ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya.
The Arab Spring has evolved fully into the Winter of Our Discontent. An American offer to negotiation with Iran over nuclear weapons and its apparent rapprochement have set in motion serious changes beyond the forecasting ability of any so-called analysts.
As Russian troops secured the Crimean peninsula, the ruble hit a record low and the Russian stock market plummeted, even as American and European officials threaten more pain to come in the form of sanctions and the freezing of assets. This is a costly proposition for Russia.
In many respects, Turkey today is an exemplar of the Middle East as a whole -- a nation divided by geography, religious loyalties and politics.
What started as a murmur has become a media refrain: “America is in decline.”
The great Russian social philosopher Pitirim Sorokin argued that when societies reach a sensate stage of historical evolution, it is inevitable that ideational impulses will percolate to the center of culture. This cyclical interpretation of history is driven by forces in the stream of history, a kind of quasi Marxian belief in historical inevitability.
In what can only be described as the corruption of politics, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a “sanity rally” recently to energize Democrats and counter the Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” rally.
There is a contagion of madness in Western Europe. It is not merely the preemptive conciliation that afflicts politicians who are ready to subordinate Christian civilization to Islam; it is the wholesale program to promote socialism, even if it leads to economic ruination. While over-extended socialist Europe faces collapse from Spain to Greece, overtaxed Sweden is eager to instruct immigrants on how to get free benefits from the government.
To cite a cliché, the more things change the more they remain the same. This applies to many areas of life, but arguably it is the essence of educational reform.
Jake Witzenfeld, president of Cambridge University’s Israel Society cancelled a talk by Benny Morris, a distinguished Israeli historian, for fear the Israel Society would be portrayed as a mouthpiece for Islamophobia.
Denial is a powerful influence in public life. It is obviously a major influence in the Obama administration, which may explain why a Republican party and conservatism which were declared dead institutions and philosophies have risen as a phoenix with life and vitality.
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