Category Archives: Arab Spring

French Catholic Priest Beheaded in Syria: Francois Murad Martyred

Last Wednesday evening, after having being taken captive/kidnapped by Sunni terror squads in southern Syrian town of Gassanieh, Father Francois Murad was beheaded in front of children, martyred for his faith; his identity as Christian. We should note that the … Continue reading

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Hernando de Soto Defeats Marx: Property Rights, Authoritarian Governments & The Unity of Human Capital and Work

It was John Paul II who grasped more fully than most, the intrinsic value that electric technology had on what was sundered by both the Reformation and the Industrial Revolution, namely the total separation of labor and capital. Now united … Continue reading

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Dr. Ronald I. McKinnon: The Arab Spring & Loose Money at Federal Reserve

Don’t expect a synoptic approach from arcane specialists. Arnold Toynbee’s massive 12 volumes on the “Study of History” spells out the social and psychological relation between pusillanimity and the pathetic drive to fine a niche from which to survive.  This … Continue reading

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Syria: American Absence Portends. . .

Power is about the ability and the confidence to choose.  Team Obama may think that its outsourcing its incipient strategy to the petro-monarchies of the Gulf.  Benghazi should have informed us as to how that’s gonna look. The abject failure … Continue reading

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Benghazi & How Ideology Blinds

Some years ago I spent time with a Catholic Priest who is Pastor of a Parish in an affluent Westchester County neighborhood; who explained to me his experience of living through the terror attacks that rocked the entire Near East … Continue reading

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The Mullah’s & The Bomb

Seventy years ago this past week marks the very first controlled nuclear reaction which took place under the bleachers of the old Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.  There America found how to harness the power of the atom … Continue reading

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Mao: The Great Famine, The Great Leap Forward & The Demise of Sinic Civilization

The upheavals throughout the Near East have precedent in China.  If one should wish to study the impact that modernity has on archaic civilizations, you can study China throughout the 20th century, especially the rise and rule of Mao.  No … Continue reading

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Hamas, Preemption & Israeli Will

John Bolton got it right when he revealed that last weeks surprise attack on Israel by Iranian proxies was an attempt by Iran to read Israeli political willpower. We should know by now that all actors within the Near East … Continue reading

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Morsi, The Egyptian Brotherhood & American Naivete

We should’ve known better.  Minutes after leaving Israeli airspace, the Secretary of State was notified of two contradictions.  One, that Morsi would consolidate his power as dictator; two, he would continue to model himself as a useful idiot to the … Continue reading

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An Emerging Israeli Ascendancy with Saudi Shield: Hitting the Persian Mullah’s

The violent prism of realism remains the best instrument from which to discern the political movement of the major actors in the Middle East conflict.  Daniel Pipes of the Philadelphia based Middle East Forum was correct in his analysis of … Continue reading

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