Category Archives: Sunni

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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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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Loss Of Iraq

It seems to me… “I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history and find their own way.” ~ George W. Bush. Immediately following George W. Bush’s … Continue reading

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An Appropriate Response

It seems to me… “Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric.  If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt. It … Continue reading

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