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  1. @ Richard

    “For Ariel Sharon, it was the Lebanese Phalange who in 1983 murdered 3,000 Lebanese Muslims in Sabra and Chatilla. ”
    Sabra and Chatila were (are) Palestinian refugees camps, and though some Lebanese were killed (mostly Shia, but also some Christians, married to Palestinians), the immense majority of the victims were Palestinians, and they were the ones the Phalanges aimed to kill.

  2. just as i wrote a few days ago america is in hiding it refuses to authenticate itself with the power.
    with great power come great responsibilities. america seems to voluntarily forget the second part.
    for obama to say sending troops to take head on isis would not change the underlying cause. this is hiding .
    does he not think that syrians want nothing but a a strong shoulder next to them.
    until the day the president will lead fearlessly from the chicken coop called congress the world will keep throttling towards undoing.
    sad but true and this not only for israel

  3. Suspected Mastermind a Belgian National

    Involved with the Verviers group, Jewish Museum attack and the foiled attack on the Thalys high speed train in France. Epic intelligence failure …

    Allah blinded their vision and I was able to leave and come to Shām despite being chased after by so many intelligence agencies.

    Allah blinded my ass … did Turkey intelligence turn a blind eye?

  4. Great read, thank you. I think you are overplaying Saudi involvement and underplaying the effect of camp Bucca prison on the morphing of Daesh from ‘just another small jihadists group’ to the evil incarnate we see today but all in all I like your thinking.

    1. Camp Bucca was the ‘nice’ prison; modeled to be the opposite of Abu Ghraib.
      Respect for Islam and civility towards the detainees was the order of the day.

      Before hastily blaming the United States, lets also remember that Osama bin Laden had never been in prison and had always been treated well by Americans when he came here seeking medical care.

      1. On 18 May 2003, U.S. military forces mistakenly released Mohammed Jawad An-Neifus from the Camp Bucca. An-Neifus is suspected of being involved in the mass murder of thousands of Iraqi Shias whose remains were later found at a mass gravesite in the southern city of al-Mahawil.

        U.S. Marines took An-Neifus into custody on April 26. At that time they had to rescue him from local authorities who wanted to put him on trial and execute him.

  5. US anti-ISIS Coalition Falling Apart in Syria

    With attacks, ISIS now a global worry Interview with Nicholas R. Burns | Harvard Belfer Institute |

    I think the United States has to lead this international coalition. It means that we have to intensify our airstrikes against the Islamic State in northern Syria, number one. Number two, we need much greater support than we are getting from the Arab world. Most of the Arab countries that were part of the air coalition beginning in the summer of 2014 are now not very active. The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia are doing relatively little against the Islamic State because they’ve been focusing on the civil war in Yemen. We need much greater support from the Arabs. They’re the ones, ultimately, who ought to have the self-interest to defeat this organization.

    1. Oui, I agree with you here. The Arab/Muslim world needs to “own” the problem and take greater responsibility for dealing with its own radicalism and ending the carnage in Iraq and Syria.
      One can draw an interesting parallel to the civil war in Lebanon in the 80s and 90s. Like the present civil wars, the conflict was a proxy war for various other regional powers, who fed into the fighting by supporting the various factions. Ironically, it was Hafez Assad’s Syria that actually took responsibility by helping negotiate and enforcing an end to the conflict.

        1. Richard, I think we can confidently make that observation about everything said by everyone here, including yourself. That is the luxury of bantering on a blog, with no real responsibility for making actual decisions.

          1. @ Yehuda: On the contrary, what I say and write here has very real consequences for me, my sources, and those I write about. If you don’t believe me ask Anat Kamm; or Shamai Leibowitz, who served 2 years in federal prison for leaking secret documents to me. Not to mention the prisoners disappeared who’ve reappeared after I exposed their predicament & the Israeli secret police relented (Kamm was one of these). I have very real responsibilities here which I take very seriously, unlike you apparently.

            I think we can confidently make that observation

            One of your weaknesses is assuming confidence when your views instill anything but…

  6. Getting back to the topic of the article – (I’m a newcomer here, so please be gentle.)
    I just want to say that Netanyahu – in a twist on an old cliche’ – never misses an opportunity to bring up Israel’s ‘victimization’ at the hands of the Palestinians whenever an an act of terror is committed by Muslims anywhere in the world: 9/11 (‘this is good for the Jews’), the Charlie Hebdo case (‘Jews of France, come home to Israel’), and now the Paris attack. According to him, they are all related to the Palestinian hatred of Israel and their covenant to push the Jews into the sea.

    I am reminded anew of Bibi’s spectacle in Paris last January, when, uninvited, he elbowed his way into the march of heads of state and at the vigil in the Grand Synagogue. Now, once again, he’s drawing a parallel between an indiscriminate act of terror in France and the uprising of the Palestinians against a brutal occupying military power. “Look, world, and see what we are dealing with, day in and day out. So stop condemning us!”

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