President Obama devoted nearly half his 39-minute address at the United Nations General Assembly last week appealing to world leaders and publics to join in turning back the jihadist offensive in Syria and Iraq of a self-styled "Islamic state."
The American public should be rightfully fearful of any policy maker who claims the gift of prophesy with regards to Mesopotamia, for in the words of Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, today we may speak as children, but soon we must put away our childish things, and view the past through a glass, darkly.
Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.
The patient focused foreign policy President Obama has been developing is bearing fruit. If we are to defeat ISIS the only way to do it is as a leader of a strong coalition not as the lone cowboy.
History teaches us that military attacks and repression cannot eliminate ideas, particularly religious ones, from any society.
Recently President Barack Obama was on CBS' 60 Minutes discussing the problems the U.S. has had in dealing with the Islamic extremist organization, ISIS.
How far have we come over the last two decades? What goals have been achieved, and what remains to be realized? 2015 will be a year where the United Nations, concerned citizens, non-government organizations and the media will dive into the details.
As the president outlined on September 10, an instrumental component of the anti-ISIL counterterrorism policy is the train-and-advisery mission that the U.S. and its Arab partners will set up in Saudi Arabia for the moderate Syrians.
The US-led international response to the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria is more extensive and fraught with danger than the war on terror declared by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
The reality is that the president seems to prefer indulging in wishful thinking about how he would like the world to be. That's the exact opposite of a "realist" or a "pragmatist" -- when it comes to foreign policy especially, Obama is a "fantasist."
The United States Congress is currently abdicating one of its most solemn duties: declaring when America is at war, and with whom. This is nothing short of disgraceful, and every member of Congress who didn't actively push their leadership to hold a vote should be ashamed of themselves right now.
Current year's Eid al-Adha calls for a conversation among Muslims and all global citizens. We intend to prompt the global conscientiousness regarding the need to help the needy as well as confront those committing crimes against their fellow man and our shared earth.
Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.
Addressing root causes of inequality, inequity and injustice and promoting the well-being of Yemeni citizens will ensure that the country thrives in the long-term.
This atrocious behavior on the most important function that the nation's founders gave Congress -- taking the nation to war -- is typical and is an indication that Congress' war power has been severely eroded by abdication as well as by presidential usurpation.