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Writings on topics not directly related to Islam or the Middle East.

Obama Terrorism Advisor’s Book Confuses and Distorts

Reading CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein’s book, Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat, published by the Naval Institute Press (2010), one can see why U.S. leadership is far from “understanding the global threat”; why the Obama administration is supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood; and why so many U.S. politicians rose up in condemnation when one obscure pastor threatened to burn [...]

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McCain and the Caliph?

Did Senator John McCain meet with and support the current leader of the Islamic State known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? Consider the above picture.  Is the man circled in red in the meeting with McCain and other Islamic jihadis al-Baghdadi? Compare to the frontal picture in a beige shirt, which is a known picture of [...]

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Today in History: The Battle of Tours

Precisely 100 years after the death of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in 632, his Arab followers, after having conquered thousands of miles of lands from Arabia to Spain, found themselves in Gaul, modern day France, facing a hitherto little known people, the Christian Franks. There, around October 10-11, in the year 732, one of history’s most [...]

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Does Obama Need ‘Time’ to Defeat or Forget ISIS?

FrontPage Magazine During U.S. President Obama’s televised speech on his strategies to defeat the Islamic State, he said, “Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL” (a reference to the Islamic State, “ISIS” or “IS”). Now, why is that? First, we know by “cancer” he is not referring to Islamic ideology—since he [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on Rino Hour of Power

Yesterday I was interviewed on a number of topics dealing with the Middle East on “The Rino Hour of Power with host Rick Moran.” The 40-minute interview follows: Check Out Politics Conservative Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Rick Moran on BlogTalkRadio

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Ben Affleck: Portrait of Islam’s Clueless Apologetics

PJ Media The value of actor Ben Affleck’s recent outbursts in defense of Islam on HBO’s Real Time is that here, in one 10-minute segment, we have all the leftist/liberal bromides used whenever Islam is criticized. In what follows, Affleck’s main arguments are presented and then discredited. Relativism and the Islamic Heterogeneity Myth At the [...]

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How Obama’s Arab Spring Created the Islamic State

FrontPage Magazine Over a decade ago, the U.S. conquered Iraq; its military and intelligence were on the ground for years with autonomy.   In other words, U.S. influence and authority was more pronounced in Iraq than probably any other Muslim country in the world. And yet it is in this one Muslim nation, where the U.S. [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on Reel Talk with Audrey Russo

I was recently interviewed on Reel Talk with Audrey Russo.  Topics revolved around the Islamic State, Egypt, Israel, and more.  Click here to listen to the over-20-minute interview.  

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Islamic State Rape: ‘Just Another Form of Warfare’?

FrontPage Magazine In light of the ongoing nightmare that is the Islamic State, Foreign Policy, a magazine somewhat reflective of the establishment, has published an article that once again demonstrates why U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is a disaster: because analysts and policymakers, unable or unwilling to grapple with foreign concepts, opt to [...]

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Willful Blindness to Global Jihad: Raymond Ibrahim on Secure Freedom Radio

Raymond Ibrahim was recently interviewed on Secure Freedom Radio with Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy.   Split into four 10-minute segments, the 40-minute interview follows: PART 1:  How ISIS plays into the bigger picture of global jihad America’s willful blindness to the fact that to defeat an enemy, one must know [...]

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