Category Archives: Israel

The Middle-East Conundrum

It seems to me…. “If we’ve learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute … Continue reading

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U.S.-Iranian Relations

It seems to me…. “Iran rejects weapons of mass destruction based on its belief system, its religious belief system, as well as well as its ethical standpoint.” ~ Hassan Rouhani[1]. The nuclear agreement signed with Iran on 14 July 2015, … Continue reading

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Removing Christmas Decorations

It seems to me…. “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” ~ Andy Rooney[1]. There are many questions surrounding the Christmas … Continue reading

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Education Meets Austerity

It seems to me…. “The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt.” ~ Bernie Sanders. While there are … Continue reading

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Confronting Terrorism

It seems to me…. “Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.” ~ Jacques Chirac[1]. While ISIS tries to pretend they are a national state, rather than earning that recognition … Continue reading

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The Hired Hessians

It seems to me…. “We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values … Continue reading

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Iranian Nuclear Agreement

It seems to me…. “The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for … Continue reading

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