Western governments that loose the dogs of war should stop assuming that their own people will not be bitten. Being a liberal democracy does not turn bombing and killing into an act of immaculate conception. Instead of pretending that their nations enjoy immunity from the inevitable horrors of war, Western officials should make the case to their people that the likely costs are worth the benefits. In this case that includes the possibility, perhaps likelihood, of terrorist attacks at home. There are no certainties even for America, which has done surprisingly well since 9/11. Which brings up the obvious question, why are the U.S. and its European allies involved "over there" -- and, in fact, currently intensifying their intervention?
Religious communities can provide important sources of social support. Personal faith can provide solace and a sense of hope to men and women who endure constant stress and may have experienced traumatic events.
Why do Republican voters seem to naturally gravitate to celebrities -- most of whom are, shall we say, 'short' on actual knowledge about politics, legislative issues, and global affairs?
As the terrorist attack in Paris sparks worldwide fear of similar reprisals and a bloody shootout and hostage situation in a five-star Mali hotel exacerbates those concerns, global energy security reels under the pressure of unfathomable geopolitics.
To defeat ISIS, the world needs to hit the core of the group, and this means untying the shroud of knots surrounding it and cutting blood off from ISIS' heart. A counter model is needed to fight the ISIS model, a model that is powerful, modern and shows real respect and appreciation for Islam.
In July of 2014, shortly after ISIS swept into the Iraqi city of Mosul, Emma Sky started getting messages from people in the Pentagon and journalists who wanted to understand this sudden, ominous development in northern Iraq.
One of the unique things surrounding America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is the extraordinary number of books written by servicemen and women. Un...
It's likely the US will form a new coalition to wage war on ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. What remains to be seen is who will do the heavy lifting in this coalition. Which nation will be willing to put boots on the ground?
Feeling the pull of Thanksgiving's meaning, I got up early Thursday and headed not for the kitchen, but to an eclectic gathering of locals in our small British Columbia town. We are intent on welcoming Syrian refugee families into our community.
Kidnapped, raped, beaten: This is what women and girls have endured from extremist groups. I appeal to you, Mr. President, to use your authority to stand with these women and girls and take executive action to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance include emergency reproductive services, including abortion.
Would the result have been different had Turkey not chosen to shoot down a Russian plane which may have veered momentarily -- and this in the Turkish version, mind you -- into its territory? We'll never know.
The Showtime documentary, "The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs," which will air Saturday night, pulls the curtain back on America's most secret agency and sheds light on its successes and failures.
We were in a government-run orphanage in the center of Baghdad, looking into the faces of some of the 1 million war orphans that Iraq is struggling to save amid chaos and destruction. Chaos and destruction that we, Americans, helped create. Orphans that we helped create.
I discuss the Paris and Beirut attacks in relation to the media response, selective empathy, and the 'what-about-ery' reaction.
The U.S. was born in war. Sometimes military action is necessary. But not often. Indeed, virtually never these days. Almost all of the conflicts so often initiated or joined by Washington implicate no important, let alone vital, interests. Most are far more likely to undermine than advance liberty and peace.
Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.