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Category: Middle East
January 20, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Middle East: State-sponsored intolerance is occurring

What is wrong with Islamic societies today is epitomized by this statement: “When a person comes out and promotes his heresy, promotes his debauchery and justifies his apostasy on the basis that Islam is not good … the judiciary will get him.” [“Is Muslim violence product of theology or Arab states?” Nation &…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Arabs, Egypt, Islam

October 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Middle East: Nothing to be gained by continued involvement in conflict

A recent editorial stated the need to debate further military action in the Middle East [“Middle East flareup requires diplomacy, humility,” Opinion, Sept. 18]. I agree. The result of the debate should be the refusal by the U.S. House to support such action. The U.S. cannot win a war in the Middle East because war there…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Campbell Kintz, iraq, Islamic State

October 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Fight against Islamic State: Does anyone learn from past mistakes?

We in the U.S. never learn [“Egyptian extremists may be copying Islamic State’s brutal methods,” Nation & World, Sept. 28]. Does no one remember Iran? We withdrew support from the Shah, our ally for decades, and ended up with the terrorist theocracy there. After accusing the Shah of being a ruthless dictator, Ayatollah Khomeini killed…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Egypt, Glen Kaner, iraq

October 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Islamic State: The U.S. has a hypocritical policy on human rights

I find it harder and harder to take the president seriously on matters of foreign policy [“Egyptian extremists may be copying Islamic State’s brutal methods,” Nation & World, Sept. 28]. He wants me to be outraged about something he calls Islamic State, and he doesn’t want me to be outraged about something we all…


Comments | More in Islamic State, Middle East | Topics: Egypt, iraq, Islamic State

September 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Middle East: Palestinians have not been interested in a two-state solution

In a recent column Jerry Large sings the praises of Seattle professor John McKay who is on assignment in the Middle East trying to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians [“McKay Sees Palestine as an Ireland,” Local News, Sept. 17]. McKay believes that the conflict can be solved the same way the…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Ireland, Israel, John McKay

September 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Fight against the Islamic State: Other countries are smart to not become involved

Do you hear the countries of Japan, India and China’s mentioned in all this talk about the Middle East, when it comes to eradicating the world of the Islamic State [“Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq,” Nation & World, Sept. 15]? While our money and time is spent on this unattainable goal, they’re…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Barb Kelley, iraq, Islamic State

September 16, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Middle East: Build democratic civil society to prevent war

So now we have emerging plans to bomb Syria and Iraq, in an effort to blunt the power of the Islamic State. This is madness once again. How much worse do things have to get, for us to realize just how horrendous the effects are of our past military actions — and multiple wars — in that area…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Denny Duffell, iraq, Islamic State

September 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Middle East: Question America’s motives

Columnist David Brooks begins by saying, “No U.S. president could allow a barbaric caliphate to establish itself in the middle of the Middle East” [“Obama, the reluctant leader,” Opinion, Sept. 13]. Why not? The Middle East is full of brutal regimes, many of them our allies. Brooks ends by saying, “The Arab world can…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Brian Conkle, David Brooks, middle east

September 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Response to Islamic State: Rely on humanitarian solutions instead

President Obama spoke this week of what he believes to be a viable strategy to eliminate the Islamic State, but for me his speech raised more questions than solutions. I remain skeptical and concerned about our rush back to war in Iraq [“President Obama is the man with a plan for Islamic State,”…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, middle east

August 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Middle East nations should do more to combat radicals within their own borders

The darkest evil in the Middle East, I think, are the nations that allow radicals to operate in their territories with impunity. Where is their outrage? Why do they remain silent? If they are not complicit in these terrorist acts, why don’t they themselves deal harshly with these extremists and demand a negotiated settlement in the region? They allow extremists to…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: middle east, Muslims, radical Islam

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