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Iran nuclear agreement: war averted?

  • April 03, 2015
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Given the unfolding mayhem that is currently devouring the Middle East, yesterday’s framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is a positive development that should be cautiously celebrated.   Ordinary Iranians have special reason to celebrate, because they are the ones, as always, who  have borne the brunt of sanctions   that should never have been...

Joshua Muravchik: War Zombie

  • March 16, 2015
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You have to admire the neoconservative imagination.   Alright, maybe not admire exactly.     But in any case you have to acknowledge that these guys are in it for the long haul.     Neither age nor failure can wither them.     No amount of death and destruction can ever dampen their ardor...

The United States of Israel

  • March 04, 2015
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There is no polite way to say this, but Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most repellent and dangerous politicians in the world today.     He is a man who trades on fear and war, a cynical and amoral manipulator without a trace of honesty in his entire body,   who lies as easily...

Barack Obama gives the world a hug

  • September 26, 2012
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You have to hand it to Barack Obama – the guy can talk.     When George W. Bush appeared on the world stage,   the spoilt frat-boy was always embarrassingly visible beneath the presidential veneer, and his attempts to sound statesmanlike were often undermined by the disturbing smirk that tended to accompany even his...

What Iran wants: the end of the world

  • January 30, 2012
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Supporters of war against Iran often justify their urgency on the grounds that Iran is not just a ‘rogue state’ but a mad state whose leadership is intent on a nuclear-engendered apocalypse.   According to this school of thought – if it can be dignified with the word ‘thought’ at all – the Iranian...

Thucydides in Hormuz

  • January 16, 2012
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There have been few periods in history like ours, in which one state or group of states have been able to make war on whoever they want, secure in the knowledge that their own countries are effectively immune to retaliation,  and regardless of whether the objects of military force have made any directly aggressive...

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