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America sees conflicts with Muslim world through failed lens of ideology

Assad with wife and old lady, Feb 2015

In early 1993 then-Foreign Affairs managing editor Fareed Zakaria asked me to write a commentary for the magazine based on a policy analysis that I had published as a research fellow at the Cato Institute, writes Leon Hadar. In the policy analysis, I challenged the thesis that Islam was replacing communism as the top ideological challenge to the West while ... Read More »

Does Iran Really Want a Bomb?

Iranian-President-Hassan-Rouhani SANA

America, we have a problem. In the blood-soaked chaotic Middle East, with few exceptions like the Kurds, our friends either can’t or won’t fight, writes Patrick Buchanan. (Photo: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Sana) The Free Syrian Army folded. The U.S.-armed Hazm force in Syria has just collapsed after being routed by the al-Nusra Front. The Iraqi army we trained and ... Read More »

Obama on Christianity as the same as ISIS: Christ never justified violence, Mohammad continously did


As the world reacts with shock and horror at the increasingly savage deeds of the Islamic State (IS)—most recently the immolation of a captive—U.S. President Obama’s response has been one of nonjudgmental relativism, writes Raymond Ibrahim: (Photo: Obama at National Prayer Breakfast) “Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, Obama counseled Americans to get off their “high horse” and remember that ... Read More »

Al-Sisi New Year Speech is Revolutionary Tolerant

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks on as he delivers a speech in Cairo

“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that is 7 billion – so that they themselves may live? Impossible!” – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Al-Azhar, January 1. (Photo: Reuters) “O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness ... Read More »

Islamic Law: Girls Can Be Married “Even If They Are In The Cradle”

Radical Muslim CLeric, IBTIMES

Exclusive for VIE, by Raymond Ibrahim: Muslim attempts at “reformation” continue to be limited to words not actions.  A few days ago, efforts to set a minimum age for marriage in Saudi Arabia “received a blow after the Grand Mufti said there was nothing wrong with girls below 15 getting married.” (Photo: Illustration, IB Times) Two years earlier, the justice ministry ... Read More »

A new Progressive Republic threatening the Freedoms of America

George Bush

Understanding America’s Founding documents is essential. Just as important is understanding recent developments that threaten the system of government the Founders put in place. In this excerpt from the best-selling book We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, Matthew Spalding highlights profound changes over the past century that threaten the Founders’ principles. A Great National Community ... Read More »

Putin: Sharon Tennison’s remarkable personal account with the leader

Putin_dark shades

Putin obviously has his faults and makes mistakes. Based on my earlier experience with him, and the experiences of trusted people, including U.S. officials who have worked closely with him over a period of years, Putin most likely is a straight, reliable and exceptionally inventive man. He is obviously a long-term thinker and planner and has proven to be an ... Read More »

How Ukraine was turned into a failed state in a year

Ukraine Reuters

As a country with few socio-economic and political problems Ukraine has turned into a failed state torn by civil war and sectarian violence, with a lack of constitutional order and a destroyed economy, foreign affairs expert Nebojsa Malic told RT. (Photo: Reuters) Malic added that there has been a lot of talk about financial assistance for Ukraine but none of that ... Read More »

The Quran and Eternal War

Syria crucifixion 2014

Exclusive for VIE by Raymond Ibrahim: News recently emerged that Russia was banning key Islamic scriptures—including Sahih Bukhari—on the charge that they promote “exclusivity [supremacism] of one of the world’s religions,” namely Islam; or, in the words of a senior assistant to the prosecutor of Tatarstan Ruslan Galliev, “a militant Islam” which “arouses ethnic, religious enmity.” (Photo: Syrian man crucified ... Read More »