Category: Iraq

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 …

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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 …

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Attack the essence

Critics of American Sniper Chris Kyle Threatened with Violence and Rape Fantasies By Hrafnkell Haraldsson, Sunday, January, 4th, 2015, 4:39 pm   ‘It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. …

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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 …

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The “L” word

General Dan Bolger says what the US does not want to hear: Why We Lost By Spencer Ackerman, Monday 10 November 2014 00.01 EST   Dan Bolger is not looking to add to the debate over the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The retired three-star army general, out of patience with unresolved conflicts, means to end it. …

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Crossing Central Avenue

        Dear Editor, I, too, would like to thank First Church of Nazarene (on lovely, picturesque, bench-free Central Avenue) for its field of little white crosses.  My first thought was that the miniature Flanders Fields was a reminder of all the people we killed during our precious-moment wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  …

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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 …

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