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Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a columnist for The Washington Times.

Articles by Clifford D. May

Illustration on the dire results of nuclear proliferation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The proliferation problem from hell

On the surface, Iran and North Korea could hardly be more different. The former is a Middle Eastern theocracy, its ideology based on a bellicose reading of Islamic scripture. The latter is Asian and atheist, its ideology, Juche, loosely rooted in Stalinism. But scratch the surface, and you'll find significant similarities. Published July 18, 2017

Illustration on the cultural conflict between the West and Islam by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Celebrating the values of the West is right because they're the best

On various occasions and beginning decades before he was elected president, Ronald Reagan warned that "freedom is never more than one generation from extinction." He understood, and he wanted others to understand, that liberty is not an entitlement. It's a rare and precious commodity that "must be fought for." Published July 11, 2017

Illustration on the real beligerants in a coming Middle East war by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The next Middle East war

Eleven years ago this month, Israel went to war with Hezbollah, Iran's Lebanon-based Shi'a proxy militia. The fighting began when Hezbollah fired rockets at Israeli villages and missiles at Israeli armored vehicles patrolling the border. Three Israeli soldiers were killed. Two were kidnapped and taken into Lebanon. Published July 4, 2017

Illustration on Qatar's funding of terrorism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Qatar ultimatum

In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush drew a line in the sand. "Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make," he announced. "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." Since then, disappointingly if not surprisingly, more than a few nations have straddled that line, providing support to America and America's enemies alike. Published June 13, 2017

Illustration on Israel and the Six-Day War by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Six-Day War and the 50-year occupation

Fifty years ago this week, the young state of Israel faced the threat of extermination -- a second Jewish Holocaust in a single century. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser stated candidly what he and other Arab leaders envisioned. "Our basic aim will be the destruction of Israel," he said. Published June 6, 2017

Illustration on Islamist threats to Britain and Egypt by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The battles of Britain and Egypt

The slaughter of 22 concertgoers in Manchester last week was followed four days later by the murder of 29 Christians traveling by bus to a monastery in the desert south of Cairo. Published May 30, 2017

Illustration on the newly "elected" president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Iran's latest unfree and unfair election

News must be new but it needn't be surprising. The decidedly unsurprising news out of Iran last week: There was an election (of sorts) and the winner was Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent president. Published May 23, 2017

Illustration on renewing border security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Border security and immigration made simple

The nation-state is a relatively new idea -- scholars generally trace it back to the 17th century. It has its flaws, but has anyone come up with a better approach to world order? A nation-state enjoys sovereignty over its territory. Territories are separated by borders. Securing those borders may require barriers and controlled points of entry. Published May 16, 2017

Illustration on The Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Fooling many of the people much of the time

"Hamas Drops Call for Israel's Destruction," headlined The Wall Street Journal last week. The New York Times told its readers: "Hamas Moderates Talk on Israel." And the United Kingdom's The Guardian concluded that Hamas had produced a document likely to "ease peace process." Published May 9, 2017

Illustration on the persecution of Christians as a human rights issue by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The bolder attacks on religious freedom

"I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom." So said President George W. Bush in 2004. Leave for another day the debate over whether such a belief is more hopeful than realistic. What we do know: Tyrants and terrorists around the world are persecuting, torturing and slaughtering those whose hearts do desire freedom -- even the most basic. Published May 2, 2017

Illustration on the Boeing/Iran airbus deal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Boeing and Airbus deals with Iran shouldn't fly

Sometimes international law is ambiguous. Sometimes not. When it comes to murdering civilians and using chemical weapons to get the job done, there are no gray areas, no fuzzy lines, no mitigating circumstances. Published April 25, 2017

Illustration on Erdogan's impact on Turkey by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The end of Turkey's democratic experiment

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate. Published April 18, 2017

Illustration on trump's actions against Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A limited mission accomplished in Syria

If you're still unsure about whether President Trump did the right thing when he launched 59 cruise missiles at Syria's Shayrat air base last week, consider the alternative. Published April 11, 2017

Illustration on preserving liberty in a terrorist world by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Letting freedom fade

Whatever happened to Charlie Hebdo? For years, the French satirical magazine threw spit balls at polite society. Its writers and cartoonists particularly delighted in ridiculing religions and pieties. Some people found that amusing and thought-provoking. Others were appalled and offended. Such is life in a free country. Published April 4, 2017

Illustration on the ideology behind Islamist terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A bloody day in London town

"The Kafir's Blood Is Halal For You, So Shed it." That's just one of the catchier headlines in a recent issue of Rumiyah, a slick online magazine published by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL. Published March 28, 2017

Illustration on Kim's North Korea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump's pivot to North Korea

America can do anything but America can't do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president -- any American president -- needs to prioritize. Published March 21, 2017

Illustration on dystopian Pakistan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

What went wrong in Pakistan

Pakistan was meant to be a model, an example for other nations to emulate. It was founded after World War II, as the sun was setting on the British Empire and India was preparing for independence. India's Muslims, though glad to see the end of the Raj, were apprehensive about becoming a minority in a Hindu-majority land. Published March 14, 2017

Illustration on the Israeli/Palestinian peace process by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

No rushing the peace process

This palm-fringed oasis in the Jordan Valley has been continuously inhabited for 10,000 years. That justifies it billing itself as the "oldest city in the world." Published March 7, 2017

Illustration on the limitations of Saudi Arabian society by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

No more apologies for the West

Intellectuals of the left and those influenced by them judge the United States and certain European nations as uniquely guilty of imperialism, colonialism, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia -- the list goes on. Published February 28, 2017

Illustration on the realities confronting Saudi Arabia's "industrial revolution" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The kingdom, the power and the oil

Saudi Arabia is changing. When government officials here tell you that, you take it with an oversized grain of salt. But when Saudi human rights activists say the same, you pay attention. Published February 21, 2017