Archive for November, 2006

Redeeming the Wayward University

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

By Daniel Pipes*

Should outsiders try to influence the hiring or tenuring of university faculty?

The question arises because, with the radicalization of the American universities, moderate voices have jumped into academic personnel issues. For example, note some controversies just in Middle East studies in 2006:

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ADL and The Nation still whitewashing MoveOn.org hate speech

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

It is amazing that both the Anti-Defamation League and The Nation’s Eric Alterman are still buying MoveOn’s story that the anti-Semitic postings in MoveOn’s Action Forum “were taken down as soon as the MoveOn folks learned about them from the media” (November 20 letters page)

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Iran’s Suicide Brigades: Terrorism Resurgent

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

By Ali Alfoneh*

More than five years after President George W. Bush’s declaration of a global war against terrorism, the Iranian regime continues to embrace suicide terrorism as an important component of its military doctrine. In order to promote suicide bombing and other terrorism, the regime’s theoreticians have utilized religion both to recruit suicide bombers and to justify their actions. But as some factions within the Islamic Republic support the development of these so-called martyrdom brigades, their structure and activities suggest their purpose is not only to serve as a strategic asset in either deterring or striking at the West, but also to derail domestic attempts to dilute the Islamic Republic’s revolutionary legacy.

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Sophisticated Savages: Neo-Tribalism, The Third Wave, and The New World Order

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

By Randy Sprinkle

“That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there a thing of which it may be said, “Behold, this is new?” It has been long ago, in the ages which were before us.” – King Solomon

There is no doubt that the incredible advancements we have seen in technologies, sciences, and other fields have given modern civilizations unparalleled capabilities and greatly increased the speed at which things take place.

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Right war, botched occupation

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

By Michael Rubin*

As U.S. troops entered Iraq, President Bush promised freedom and democracy. But rather than establish a stable democracy, today terrorists and militias tear the country apart. After billions spent and the sacrifice of almost 3,000 U.S. troops, it is right to ask whether democracy in Iraq was not a fool’s dream.

It was not.

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Update: Global Anti-Semitism on the Rise

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

By Fern Sidman

While the attention of the world is now focused on the latest “cease fire” agreement between Hamas terrorists and the State of Israel and the escalating hostilities in Iraq, it would appear that lurking in the periphery of the news is the dramatic rise of global Jew hatred.

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Do Neo-Cons Know What They Are About?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

By Bill Narvey

American pundits sure like political labels as a shortcut to explaining where any politician or politically affiliated spokesperson is coming from.

Neo-con is one of the latest labels that Joshua Muravchik, a self described neo-con, seeks to explain the meaning of as to what neo-cons think and what they believe. Writing for the Foreign Policy web, at http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3602, Muravchik says that the label neo-con, has become more like an accusation akin to dirty Jew. By his piece, he seeks to explain why those who think so poorly of neo-cons have really got neo-cons all wrong and then devotes the focus of his article on trying to explain what neo-cons think and stand for.

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CAIR: Defending the Indefensible

Monday, November 27th, 2006

By Andrew Whitehead, ACAIR

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has, once again, shown North America exactly where they stand on the issue of defending innocent human beings from the depredations of radical Islamic terrorists and their supporters:

Six Muslim imams (Islamic holy men) were recently pulled from a US Airways flight due to concerns raised by fellow passengers. These concerns included:

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Canada must take action against Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Palestinians for terror in Lebanon

Monday, November 27th, 2006

By Canadian Coalition for Democracies

Ottawa, Canada – Yesterday’s assassination of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel is another example of foreign state terror being used to destabilize Lebanon. Canada must not stand by and allow these vicious criminal actions to succeed.

“Prime Minister Harper understands the importance of democracy to the people of Lebanon,” said Francois Hachem, director of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD). “Today, we are calling on the Prime Minister to take strong action against Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists within Lebanon as well as their sponsors in Syria and Iran. We must defeat those who use violence and murder, especially against the Christian minority, with the goal of making Lebanon yet another stage for global Islamist terror that threatens all nations including Canada.”

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The future of Kadima

Monday, November 27th, 2006

By Daniel Pipes*

Question asked of Jerusalem Post columnists: “Exactly one year ago former prime minister Ariel Sharon announced that he was quitting the Likud and forming a new political party – Kadima (forward in Hebrew). Despite Sharon’s stroke, Ehud Olmert still led Kadima to victory in the elections by winning 29 mandates. One year later, the future of Kadima is uncertain. Olmert’s popularity is at an all-time low. Will the party fade into oblivion or continue to play a major role in Israeli politics?” For all replies, see “Burning Issues #13: Kadima?

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Sorry for not posting…

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

I want to apologize to my regular readers for not posting over the last several days. My mother is in a hospital dying. Things have been very stressful, but friends and family are helping out. Please bear with me as I work through this. This site is a long-term venture, and I fully intend to get back to posting as I work through the healing process.

Thanks for your patience.


Rethinking the Egypt-Israel “Peace” Treaty

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

By Daniel Pipes*

Ninety-two percent of respondents in a recent poll of one thousand Egyptians over 18 years of age called Israel an enemy state. In contrast, a meager 2% saw Israel as “a friend to Egypt.”

These hostile sentiments express themselves in many ways, including a popular song titled “I Hate Israel,” venomously antisemitic political cartoons, bizarre conspiracy theories, and terrorist attacks against visiting Israelis. Egypt’s leading democracy movement, Kifaya, recently launched an initiative to collect a million signatures on a petition demanding the annulment of the March 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty.

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Rangel’s Draft Idea Gets Wrangled

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Rep. Charles Rangel wants to reinstate the draftagain. Rangel’s argument rests on two misguided principles: 1) “drafting lawmakers’ children into the military will prevent ill-advised wars,” and 2) “military service falls disproportionately on the poor, minorities and the uneducated.” Not only is the congressman from NY wrong, and his argument based on fallacious demographics, but his Democratic Party allies have shot down his proposed legislation before it even got started. When asked if Rangel’s conscription proposal would make it to the floor for consideration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “no.” But let’s take a closer look at Rangel’s thinking based on facts, not political emotion.

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Muslim women’s rights: an oxymoron?

Monday, November 20th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

How can a bunch of women covered up in burqas discuss their rights? “Key to this, they say, is advocating greater rights for women while working within the Islamic legal framework.” Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? From the Beeb:

Muslim women politicians, business leaders, academics, cultural figures and activists are meeting in New York to try to improve women’s rights.

Organisers hope to use the event to launch the first international Islamic advisory council for women.

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Iraq Dinar Continues Tear

Monday, November 20th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Dinar on a roll...

Yes, I updated my last chart specifying the Iraqi dinar/U.S. dollar exchange rate, as the fledgling currency continues its tear, gaining value. When I last reported, the dinar was trading at 1465 to the dollar. Today, it is trading at 1449, gaining almost 2% in value since July. Again I ask: With all the bad news, why is the dinar going up? What are the currency markets telling us? We’re well past the dinar speculation craze of 2-3 years ago. Something meaningful is going on here. I can only speculate (not a pun, nor a currency transaction). Here are a few ideas:

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