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Tawfik Hamid: The Trouble With Islam

Not many years ago the brilliant Orientalist, Bernard Lewis, published a short history of the Islamic world’s decline, entitled “What Went Wrong?” Astonishingly, there was, among many Western progressives” a title. It is a false premise, these critics protested. They…

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Thomas Cushman: Only a Matter of Time…

Today, Britain and the West face a new Iranian hostage crisis. Reflecting on this and on President Ahmadinejad’s other actions and statements brings to mind George Orwell’s essay “Who are the War Criminals,” written during World War II. Orwell criticized…

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Alon Ben-Meir: Israel’s Call

The Israeli government should accept the Arab initiative because it has a solemn obligation to explore any possibility, however remote, to peacefully end the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel can accept the Arab initiative in principle, and as long as it negotiates…

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Daoud Kuttab: Obstacle or Opportunity?

When Henry Kissinger coined the term “constructive ambiguity” during his attempts to negotiate Arab-Israeli peace, he couldn’t have expected that one day Palestinians would use it in their own peace initiative. The ambiguity in the agenda of the new Palestinian…

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Thomas L. Friedman: Many Plans, No News

In the Middle East today, home of the invention of algebra, a new math seems to have taken over. It is subtraction by addition. It goes like this: Add more trips to the region by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice…

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Dori Gold: Are the Saudis Seeking Peace?

With the visit of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week and the special attention she gave to the revival of the 2002 Saudi-inspired Arab Peace Initiative, expectations had been elevated that yesterday’s Riyadh Arab summit might provide a mechanism…

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Judea Pearl: Why Do Homo Sapiens Recognize Israel’s Right to Exist?

Saree Makdisi’s recent “Outside the Tent” column “In the war of words, The Times is Israel’s ally” raises interesting questions regarding the international community’s insistence that Palestinians recognize Israel’s right to exist. Recognition, says Makdisi, takes place simultaneously between sovereign…

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Wahid Wahdat-Hagh: The Goals of Militant Islamist Terrorism

The ideological goal of militant Islamist terrorism is to found Islamic Sharia-run states, that is, new caliphates established on the basis of the anachronistic values of “feqh”-the process of carrying out Islamic law. As history shows, such states would resemble…

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