Category: Syria

Nov 17 2015

Something fundamentally disturbing

France Has Been No Friend to Muslims

By Gordon Adams, November 17, 2015

 

Once again, a violent jihadi terrorist attack has hit France, this time with at least 450 victims, 129 of them fatal. Rallying around the French flag, even pasting it over our Facebook avatars, follows, because an attack on European soil somehow “exports” the war in the Middle East to our front doors. We remember and mourn Berlin, Madrid, London, and New York. But deaths at … [more]

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Feb 22 2015

If in the next breath

Beating Back ISIS

By Martin Accad, February 20, 2015

 

Every few days, we seem to wake up to another massacre committed by ISIS. And these are, of course, only the ones that the media reports. ISIS, in reality, is committing massacres on a daily basis. We have become familiar with their crimes in Syria and Iraq since last summer. But now their latest playfield, we are learning, is Libya. And their latest scapegoats are the Copts of Egypt.… [more]

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Feb 22 2015

We ought not to underrate its emotional appeal

 

What ISIS Really Wants

By Graeme Wood, March 2015

 

What is the Islamic State?

Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic … [more]

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Dec 07 2014

Overhaul of governments and institutions

How ISIS Should Shape Our View of the Church and Its Mission Globally

By Martin Accad, December 4, 2014

 

I’ve been blogging and speaking much about ISIS in recent months. Last July, as we were beginning to get to grips with the savagery of the group, I tried to call us all, as people who claim to love God, to face and fight our own demons instead of claiming they have nothing to do with us. By … [more]

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Oct 08 2014

Prepared, preconceived and planned

From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves”

By John Pilger, 8 October 2014

 

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”. As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty.

As a witness to the … [more]

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Sep 23 2014

Sheer infantilisme

John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria

By Robert Fisk, Sunday, 21 September 2014

 

 

John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that it “will be remember’d for a very long time”.

Like McGonagall’s verse, Kerry’s attempts to explain America’s crusade against its latest evil enemy are … [more]

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Sep 16 2014

The Islamic State’s center of gravity

How to make Isis fall on its own sword

By in Fort Leavenworth, Tuesday 16 September 2014 11.00 EDT

 

The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities.

Based on my experience as an all-source … [more]

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