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George Packer On Charlie Hebdo Murders

The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders They are only the latest blows delivered by an ideology that has sought to achieve power through terror for decades. It’s the same ideology that sent Salman Rushdie into hiding for a decade under a death sentence for writing a novel, then killed his Japanese translator and tried … Continue reading


Disconnectedness Defines Dangers

The Seven Deadly Sins of John Brennan Thomas P.M. Barnett‘s overarching thesis is that the areas in the world that produce threats to American national security are the areas of the world least connected to the global economy. How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida, examined 268 terrorist groups that ended between 1968 and 2006. … Continue reading

Christopher Hitchens on Iraq Pre-Invasion

  Very interesting discussion with Christopher Hitchens defending his views that the 1991 Gulf War never really ended and why he thinks America was justified in invading Iraq. This was in 2002 before the invasion and it’s a nice piece of proof that he is not some sort of sell out who changed his views … Continue reading

If the Muslim Brotherhood can institute social reforms they will convince the people that there is in fact a real authority in the country other than just the military. If the people’s demands can be satisfied, or at least an escape valve for their anger made available (economic progress), then Egypt may well become analogous to Pakistan in which … Continue reading

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