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Category: Middle East
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

August 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Israel-Hamas conflict: Stop the blockade

Corrected version Guest columnist Dore Gold offers three ways for Israel to deal with Hamas [“How can Israel defend itself without accusations of disproportionality?” Opinion, Aug. 5]. But there is another very simple way: End restrictions on the amount and type of humanitarian goods that Israel allows into Gaza. These are not goods donated by…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Bert Sacks, Dore Gold, Gaza

August 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: How would you feel if Hamas were in your backyard?

Letter writer Jayne Riggs ignores the stated objective of Hamas to destroy Israel as its national policy ["Stop Israel’s support," Northwest Voices, Aug. 2]. The checkpoints were made necessary to stop the suicide bombers made necessary following the Second Palestinian Intifada. The tunnels were dug to allow infiltration of  kidnappers and bomb planters.  The…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Israel, John E. Woodbery, middle east

July 31, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: A mistaken belief that resolution would solve the conflict

AP reporter Dan Perry’s analysis of possible resolutions to the Gaza conflict addresses the conflict from a very limited perspective ["Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge," Nation & World, July 30]. There are broader issues than the current conflict that must be addressed in any resolution. First, Hamas is a terrorist organization committed to…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Bernie Fox, Dan Perry, Gaza

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