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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Islamic Government
During a very recent interview of Syria's President Bashar Assad by Charlie Rose, Mr. Assad asked Mr. Rose whether the United States would rather see Syria run by a fundamental Islamic government that includes al Qaeda, and see people in black clothing walking Syrian streets, instead of Syria's secular government and society.
Islamist rebels in Syria, the lead force in the armed opposition, would benefit from a U.S. bombing campaign against the Syrian regime and advance their goal of seizing power in Damascus, analysts said Wednesday.
International sanctions could trigger a popular uprising in Iran similar to last year's revolution in Egypt that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, Israel's foreign minister said in statements published Sunday.
I have seen what happens when the world turns its back and looks the other way. For 20 years I have worked in Sudan, helping its people struggle through the horrors of starvation and murderous attacks. During Sudan's civil war, the people in the south were being butchered. Shockingly, it took the deaths of more than 2 million before the world finally called it genocide.
In the next few weeks, the United Nations will vote on Palestinian statehood. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that the pre-1967 borders be used to define the state. Mr. Abbas' approach is intentionally confrontational and unrealistic. He somehow supposes that his goals are less an expression of Islamic chauvinism than ones in the past regarding the recognition of Jewish statehood.
Trucks rumbled into Iran's first reactor Saturday to begin loading tons of uranium fuel in a long-delayed startup touted by officials as both a symbol of the country's peaceful intentions to produce nuclear energy as well as a triumph over Western pressure to rein in its nuclear ambitions.