Keep the War in Perspective

Many observers, intoxicated by the initial promise of the March 19 decapitating air strike against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, now are unrealistically impatient with the progress of the war against Iraq. In particular, some elements of the American and...

The Iraq Inspections Charade

The long-simmering Iraq crisis finally appears to be coming to a boil. Hans Blix, the chief U.N. weapons inspector, has ordered Iraq to begin destroying its prohibited Samoud 2 missiles. The Iraqis generously have offered to “study” the matter, although...

Iran’s Summer of Discontent

It’s turning into another long, hot summer for Iran’s rulers. Riots are bubbling up throughout the Middle Eastern nation, just as they have in past summers, and the list of reasons are as long as the beards of the old men who govern the country: Economic...

Expel Arafat Now

The Bush administration has fielded a great deal of criticism for its handling of the Middle East crisis. Many have focused on questions of timing and tone: Should White House officials have stepped in sooner? Should they have put pressure on Israel to pull back...

Endgame in Afghanistan

Even before the amount of Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan had shrunk to virtually nothing and Osama bin Laden’s forces had beat a hasty retreat deep into the mountains, the question arose: Where should we carry the war on terrorism next? Iraq,...

How Arafat Killed The “Peace Process”

The election of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in February prompted much hysteria in the Arab world — and hand-wringing in Washington — over Sharon’s “commitment” to the “peace process.” Ever wonder why the same standards...