Egypt and the Realpolitik of Violence and Freedom

Mr. Obama’s sloppy thinking on the subject is alarming.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 31st 2011

President Barack Obama’s Friday evening statement on the situation in Egypt reminds us of George Orwell’s comment that sloppy writing leads to dangerous political thinking.

“Good evening,” said the president (ritually, if, under the circumstances, inaccurately). “As the situation continues to unfold, our first concern is preventing injury or loss of life.” Our first concern?

Egypt has been our most important ally in the Arab-speaking world. … Read more

Bare Ruined Choirs

Islam: Violent or Peaceful? Does It Matter?

By Daniel Oliver

Radix News

February 25th 2015

There are 1.6 billion Muslims. Even if 99% of them don’t believe in blowing up infidels (i.e., us), we still have a problem.

Is Islam a religion of peace or of war? The debate rages on. Were the Paris terrorists, and all the rest of them, representatives of a militant Islam or apostates from a religion of peace? Experts (whoever they are) differ. Bernard-Henri Lévy, writing in The Wall … Read more