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Making sense of the “Open Letter to Moderate Muslims”

Making sense of the “Open Letter to Moderate Muslims”

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 — Under the nom de guerre “The Atheist Muslim,” an individual named Ali A. Rizvi, wrote a rambling article called An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims, where he conflated nearly every aspect of extremism with the behavior of moderate Muslims. Rizvi begins by criticizing Reza Aslan for being upset with Bill


Islam’s missing moderates and the problem of ISIS

WASHINGTON, October 7, 2014 – ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other Islamist terrorist organizations have core memberships measured only in the thousands. Al-Qaeda’s core is estimated at under a thousand, its total number of supporters at perhaps 100,000. ISIS is estimated at 12,000 to 15,000. Both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama felt it necessary

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Obama v Netanyahu: A contrast in styles and leadership

CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 30, 2014 — President Barack Obama may been on “60 Minutes,” but it took him only seconds to lie again to the American people, blame someone else for his inadequacies, and create yet another backlash of controversy. Just 12 hours later, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the U.N., demonstrating statesmanship and leadership with


Killing al-Qaeda: The Khorasan problem

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2014 — The death of al-Qaeda, whose decimation was announced by President Obama 32 times in 2012 alone, is generally recognized now to have been greatly exaggerated. It made that clear on Saturday when it launched rockets at the U.S. embassy in Yemen. The sudden appearance of a brand-new al-Qaeda affiliate, Khorasan,


How Benjamin Netanyahu went from Obama hater to imitator

GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel September 23, 2014 ­­— If imitation truly is the highest form of flattery, then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has done a tremendous 180, and is certainly crushing on Barack Obama. While the two world leaders have famously butted heads in recent years, it is actually surprising that they are not better