Archive: Oct 2009

If, to paraphrase Carl von Clausewitz, diplomacy is war by other means, then just as armies are called upon to concentrate their efforts and resources where they can do the most good for their cause, so governments must utilize their diplomatic resources - whether plentiful or scarce - to advance their most important national interests.  The Palestinians and the Iranians have formidable diplomatic resources at their disposal. Both the Palestinians and Iran can expect to receive the sup…
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Below is a recent video from my brilliant team at latma in which Mr. Tawil Fadiha, the Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage explains the importance of honor to the Islamic world. We hope you find it entertaining and instructive.   
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The following was just sent to me by a reader and I thought you might get a kick out of it. I certainly did.      John was in the fertilized egg business.     He had several hundred young layers (hens), called 'pullets,'     and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.      He kept records, and any rooster not performing     went into the soup pot and was replaced.    &nbs…
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Once the apotheosis of a pro-Western, dependable Muslim democracy, this week Turkey officially left the Western alliance and became a full member of the Iranian axis.  It isn't that Ankara's behavior changed fundamentally in recent days. There is nothing new in its massive hostility toward Israel and its effusive solicitousness toward the likes of Syria and Hamas. Since the Islamist AKP party first won control over the Turkish government in the 2002 elections, led by AKP chairman Recip…
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An atmosphere of fantasy pervaded US President Barack Obama's Middle East peace processor George Mitchell's meetings with Israeli leaders on Thursday. In separate photo opportunities, Mitchell stood next to President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak and pledged to surmount all obstacles to achieve peace not only between Israel and the Palestinians but between Israel and Syria and Lebanon and with the whole Arab world.  Mitchell's remarks were even more stunning than similar…
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