The Challenge of Change in the Middle East

Patrick Buchanan is one of those few writers I never like to miss.  Having worked as a senior advisor to three US presidents, Buchanan has had a rare, ringside view of history.  Six of his 10 books including The Death of the West, Where the Right Went Wrong, and more recently, Suicide of a Superpower […]

Needed: An Arab Spring for America

When you stand upside down on your head, the world looks upturned too.  So it’s just as well that US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich thinks the Palestinians are an “invented people.” He told the US Jewish Channel: “I think we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part […]

Islamists Reap the Harvest of Arab Spring

Inspired by the French Revolution, William Wordsworth, the Romantic known for celebration of nature and hopeless odes to the Lake District wrote: Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven! Oh, times, In which the meager, stale, forbidding ways Of custom, law, and statute took at once […]

Pakistan Deserves Better

Anything is possible in Pakistan, the land of infinite possibilities.  The Pakistanis have gotten so used to the setbacks and betrayals over the past six decades or so that nothing seems to shock or surprise them anymore.  The tsunami unleashed by the Memogate, however, is proving to be an exception. Even as a stunned nation […]

Doing an Iraq to Iran

Doing an Iraq to Iran

You may fool some people some of the time, counseled Abraham Lincoln, but not all the people all the time. The earthy wisdom of the US president credited with uniting America and ending slavery has been repeatedly challenged by his own country.  Seems you can’t just fool all the people all the time, you can […]

History Lessons in South Asia

Textbooks in Pakistan foster prejudice and intolerance of Hindus and Christians, claims a study by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. “Religious minorities are often portrayed as inferior or second-class citizens who have been granted limited rights and privileges by generous Pakistani Muslims, for which they should be grateful,” the report says. The findings […]

Losing Kashmiri Hearts and Minds

Losing Kashmiri Hearts and Minds

An unjust law is no law, warned Martin Luther King. The Kashmiris have been living with such laws for decades.  At least one in every five Kashmiris has at some point or another in his/her life suffered violence, humiliation, torture, and old-fashioned abuse at the hands of security forces without any recourse to justice or a distant […]

An American Tragedy

Samir Khan was the age of my young brother.  Born to reasonably well-to-do parents, he grew up in the United States and went to the best of schools in a privileged neighborhood.  How did he then end up in distant Yemen, offering lessons in bomb making to aspiring terrorists? Samir was killed in a US […]

Some Are More Equal at the U.N.

Some Are More Equal at the U.N.

President Barack Obama’s shameful turnaround over Palestine has exposed the ‘audacity of hope’ for what it is—a sham. More important, it has turned the spotlight on the world body and the crass hypocrisy that goes on in there in the name of peace and international diplomacy. Let’s face it. The world body has ended up […]

Waiting for September

The Palestinians have set the cat among the pigeons with their freedom song.  And it’s good to see Uncle Sam and his fiendish brat break out in a cold sweat for a change.   So what are Israelis and their patrons afraid of? All that the Palestinians have demanded is UN recognition for the little piece […]

Don’t Forget Other Victims of 9/11

Here we go again.  It’s the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and the whole world is going bananas.  There has already been a deluge of special reports and commentary in anticipation of the anniversary.  Newspapers and television networks have been going on and on about the events that we have heard and read […]

From Libya to Palestine

From Libya to Palestine

We are living in truly interesting times, as the Chinese would put it.  What a remarkable year it has been for the Middle East, and the rest of the world! We will all remember and cherish these historic moments for the rest of our lives, wherever we are or whoever we are.  For it’s not […]