Where Did All the Fatwas Go?

A week or so ago, a friend of mine noticed a poster taped to a wall inside the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, where American demonstrators were camped out. It showed a lone demonstrator walking toward a line of helmeted Egyptian police, holding high a protest sign. Under the photo, a caption said … Continue reading “Where Did All the Fatwas Go?”

Old Guard Moving Aside at CPAC

“The United States has the reverse Midas touch – everything we touch turns to crap.” – Military historian Bill Lind, talking on American foreign policy to a standing-room-only crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Something unusual has happened at the annual CPAC confab in Washington. It’s looking less and less like the … Continue reading “Old Guard Moving Aside at CPAC”

Politics in the Terrordome, 2011

Here in the United States of Fear, official voices are again rising in a remarkable crescendo of hysteria. My advice: don’t even try getting on the subway car filled with American politicians and their acolytes accusing WikiLeaks and Julian Assange of terrorist activity. It’s already standing room only. Among those who have recently spoken out: … Continue reading “Politics in the Terrordome, 2011”

Muslim Americans Foil Terror Threats

A new report on violent extremists in the United States finds that terrorism plots by non-Muslims greatly outnumber those attempted by Muslims, and that Muslim-American communities helped foil close to a third of al-Qaeda-related terror plots threatening the country since Sept. 11, 2001. The report comes from the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a not-for-profit … Continue reading “Muslim Americans Foil Terror Threats”

Crusade 2.0

Almost two years and one disastrous election later, we’re still waiting for the other Barack Obama to make an appearance, and from the gab coming out of Washington right now, it looks like we’ll be twiddling our thumbs a bit longer (if not forever). Once again, the sweet talk of compromise and bipartisanship is on … Continue reading “Crusade 2.0”

The Koran Burning-Islamic Center Brouhaha

Even in an age of media sensationalism, the intense coverage of the proposed Islamic center at Ground Zero, and a shamelessly bigoted Christian minister’s threat to burn the Koran in response to it, are both jolting and saddening. Neither of these events merited media coverage at all, but in today’s world controversy brings larger audiences … Continue reading “The Koran Burning-Islamic Center Brouhaha”