Category Archives: Islam

Divergent Views of National Institutions

It seems to me…. “The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society.” ~ Paddy Ashdown[1]. Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading … Continue reading

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The Refugee/Immigration Dilemma

It seems to me…. “But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn’t really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation.” ~ Samuel P. Huntington[1]. Politicians frequently intentionally fail … Continue reading

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2016 Election: Final Thoughts

It seems to me…. “In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?” ~ Barack Obama. Unable to sleep, I wrote most of this column about 3:00 … 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 U.S. Approach To Foreign Policy

It seems to me…. “Adroit geo-strategists take new realities into account as they try to imagine how global politics will unfold. In the foreign policy business, however, inertia is a powerful force and ‘adroit’ a little-known concept.” ~ Stephen Kinzer[1]. … 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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Charlie Hebdo

It seems to me… “What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. Charlie Hebdo, considered by many to be offensive and objectionable, is a publication to which I personally … Continue reading

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