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The Rules Of War and The Rules Of Logic

January 3, 2009
By Barry Rubin

      A major problem in debating about international issues nowadays is that it is so often hard or even impossible to respect our adversaries. It is quite possible to disagree with someone but to be impressed with their ability in constructing arguments, their ...

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UAE Columnist: Hamas's Claim to Palestine Must Be Questioned

December 30, 2008
Memri.org

In October 2008, Moussa Abu Marzouq, deputy head of the Damascus-based political wing of Hamas, gave an interview to the Qatari daily Al-Raya [1] in which he expressed surprise at the UAE's demand for sovereignty over the three islands Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and ...

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Islamism is to Religion as Sadism is to Human

December 29, 2008
by Amil Imani
Amilimani.com
It is not about God or love, it is about control and domination--just as Sadism is not about human intercourse or love, it is about control, torture, punishment and domination.
 
Why else name a so-called religion "submission?" Islam seeks nothing less ...

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The Region: Hamas's strategy: The rockets or the media


December, 28, 2008
Barry Rubin , The Jerusalem Post
Nothing is clearer than Hamas's strategy. It gives Israel the choice between rockets and media, and Hamas thinks it is a situation of "we win or you lose."

The cease-fire

Hamas ends a cease-fire giving it the peace and quiet it needs to ...

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The Palestinian Answer to Everything is War

The Palestinian Answer to Everything is War

December 28, 2008
By Alan Caruba
Writing in May 2008 on the occasion of Israel's sixtieth anniversary, Fouad Ajami, a longtime observer and commentator of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, said that "The Arab imagination could never reconcile itself to the permanence of the Jewish ...

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Quo Vadis President Obama?

Dec. 26, 2008
by Yoram Ettinger, Makor Rishon
The ties with the US constitute Israel's backbone militarily, diplomatically, financially, commercially and technologically.  These ties are not shaped exclusively by the President, even when the President's own party enjoys overwhelming majorities in ...

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Chanukah 2008 Guide for the Perplexed

December 23, 2008
by Yoram Ettinger, Assembled from various Jewish Sages
1.  THE HASMONEAN DYNASTY:
*Mattityahu son of Yochanan, the priest-led rebellion - 166/7BC
*Yehuda son of Mattityahu - 166-161BC
*Yonatan son of Mattityahu - 161-143BC
*Shimon son of Mattityahu - 143-135BC
*Yochanan ...

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Hamas Ending the Ceasefire, or Lull Agreement Make Sense?

December 21, 2008
Liar, Liar, Pants on Ceasefire
by Barry Rubin
December 21, 2008
If you can understand why Hamas is ending its ceasefire with Israel, you can comprehend Middle East politics. And if you can't, you can't.

From of a Western moderate pragmatist standpoint o, Hamas's decision makes ...

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Not the Center of the World

December 16, 2008
by Barry Rubin

Israel isn't going to be the center of the world for the Obama administration and that's a good, if ego-disappointing, thing. Both the pro-Israeli right's paranoia and the wishful thinking of the anti-Israeli left in the United States (and, in the latter category, ...

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