If an Anti-Terrorism Strategy Doesn’t Work, the Obama Administration Will Endorse It

To wit: President Obama has cited the battle against al-Shabab militants in Somalia as a model of success for his relatively low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism. By some measures, it has paid dividends. U.S. drones have killed several of the Islamist group’s leaders, including two top planners in just the past month, a senior administration …

The Difference Between Israelis and Terrorists

Let's be abundantly clear about something: It is not the policy of the state of Israel to purposely send people to kill and terrorize Palestinian civilians. That kind of action is anathema to the overwhelming majority of Israelis, and to the extent that there are some crazies among the Israeli population who think otherwise, those …

In which I Pretend to Take Buzzfeed Seriously

Normally, I would avoid listicles like this one like the plague, but oh, what the heck, let's have a little fun and answer these allegedly hard-hitting questions: 1. Our flag is not on every corner, but we do happen to think our flag looks lovely, we are a patriotic lot, we enjoy flying it, and therefore, …

For Everyone Who Doubts the Threat Hamas Poses to Israel . . .

Be sure to read this article about the tunnels dug by Hamas to allow terrorists to launch surprise attacks on Israelis and kill or kidnap scores of them. The following excerpt provides a good summary of the story, but do read the whole thing: While Israel, a nuclear power, takes pride in having fielded one of …

Yet Another Round of Middle East Notes

1. Israel has tried to extend the current truce. Hamas has apparently rejected Israel's offer. I am sure that anti-Semites anti-Zionists will find a way to blame Hamas's actions on Israel.2. One of the reasons why Israel was motivated to take action against Hamas was because it blamed the organization for kidnapping and killing three Israeli …

Hamas Places Rockets in UNRWA Schools

The United Nations Relief Workers Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has schools in Gaza. Hamas has decided to place rockets in those schools. No, Hamas is not expressly named in the UNRWA denunciation (it constitutes cowardice for UNRWA to fail to denounce Hamas by name), but no one else is placing …

The Intellectual and Moral Derangement of Opponents of Israel

The periodic hate campaigns that get launched against the state of Israel are uniformly obscene and disgusting, but the current one appears to be working to set new records. Just by way of reminder, we have one of Israel's mortal enemies (Hamas), an entity that has never accepted Israel's right to exist--let alone a right …

If Only We Had a Rational Foreign Policy Discourse . . .

In a world where Reason ruled the roost and rationality was the order of the day, more people would be asking Jeffrey Goldberg's question: Why is Hamas, by its own actions, undermining the creation of a Palestinian state by pursuing policies that will not lead to the destruction of the state of Israel? It's a …