Walid Phares Walid Phares blog brought to you by History News Network. Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://historynewsnetwork.org/blog/author/20 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network The Unknown and suppressed story of the last days of South Lebanon's "belt"   Imagine an Israeli withdrawal without a Hezbollah conquest, with local Lebanese police stations in charge of security and a stronger UNIFIL protecting the area. Then imagine a Cedars Revolution followed by a Syrian withdrawal with a south free from Hezbollah. Use your imagination and you would understand that the alternative to the May 2000 Hezbollah so-called liberation would have been an Israeli pullout, a Lebanese liberation of their own soil, growing into a Syrian pullout, followed by a gradual disarming of Hezbollah. Today, in 2015, Lebanon would have been celebrating the tenth anniversary of a country free from Syrian occupation and an armed Hezbollah with a fully independent Lebanese Army.]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153631 http://hnn.us/blog/153631 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 Sydney's Lesson: The Mutant Jihadists are coming Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153551 http://hnn.us/blog/153551 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 Both Pope and Patriarch now worried about Middle East Christians; too little, too late? Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153545 http://hnn.us/blog/153545 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 The Free Iran we can work with The Iranian national resistance was able to show the world that despite systematic criticism and regime propaganda efforts, there is an alternative that has popular support and is capable of challenging the medieval regime currently ruling the country. In short, there is another Iran that continues to flourish and grow in exile. The choice is up to the United States and the West: Continue to feed the ambitions and the life of the Jihadi regime in Tehran—or help its alternative replace it with a pluralistic, secular and peaceful government.

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The Handshake in Paris that Could Undermine both Syria and Iran Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153358 http://hnn.us/blog/153358 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 Washington’s strategic mistake in Iraq: Abandoning Iran's exiled opposition Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153348 http://hnn.us/blog/153348 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 The Khomeinist Dome: Iran's Larger Nuclear Strategy Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153341 http://hnn.us/blog/153341 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 Media elite's extreme fascination with the Jihadist individuals’ personalities hurts the victims of the Boston bombing When the argument was made in The War of Ideas that the U.S. Middle East Studies elite had been causing failures in foreign policy and psychological distress on citizens for providing faulty expertise on the roots of Jihadi terror, some of the book’s projections had not yet been reached. They now have been. A Boston bombing victim Adrianne Haslet-Davis was frustrated by NBC’s repetitive use of the names of the bombers who caused her injury last year.]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153330 http://hnn.us/blog/153330 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 Arab moderates' ‘Iran problem’ is in Washington Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153329 http://hnn.us/blog/153329 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 THE LOST SPRING IS COMING My new book of 2014 is taking analysis and projections even further. It explains why the West and the United States failed to predict the Arab Spring and why they failed to handle it effectively. The book also addresses the direction these upheavals are headed and how to correct U.S. policy before irreparable catastrophe strikes the region. From bloody and expanding civil wars in Syria, Iraq and Libya to the fight against terror in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia; from genocide in Sudan, Darfur and beyond to the persecution of Christian and ethnic minorities and the rise of al Qaeda and Hezbollah; so much in the region appears hopeless, but one must also recognize the emergence of reformers, women, minorities and civil societies.]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153302 http://hnn.us/blog/153302 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 Iran' Nuclear Deal: Washington’s greatest mistake Washington’s “new beginnings” in the region moved American Mideast policy in a backward direction on two major tracks. The first derailment was to partner with the Muslim Brotherhood, not the secular NGOs, in an attempt to define the future of Arab Sunni countries. The second was to engage the Iranian regime, not its opposition, in attempt to define future relations with the Shia sphere of the region. These were strategic policy decisions planned years before the Arab Spring, not a pragmatic search for solutions as upheavals began. Choosing the Islamists over the Muslim moderates and reformers has been an academically suggested strategy adapted to potential interests—even though it represents an approach contrary to historically successful pathways.  In June 2009, President Obama sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader asking for “engagement.” This move, coupled with Obama’s abandonment of the civil revolt in Iran that same month, sent a comforting message to the ruling Khomeinists: The United States is retreating from containment and will not support regime change in Iran. That undeniably emboldened Tehran to go on the offensive in the region after less than a decade of status quo.

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The Strategic Consequences of an East-West Ukrainian Split With freed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko rallying protesters in Kiev and President Yanukovych defiantly taking to the airwaves in Kharkov, the possibility of an East-West Ukrainian split remains dangerously high.
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In Africa, France Must Lead or Fall Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153292 http://hnn.us/blog/153292 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 A Miracle on the Nile Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153288 http://hnn.us/blog/153288 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 A King for the oppressed—Not a King for the oppressors Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153287 http://hnn.us/blog/153287 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 Muslim Brotherhood's "Urban Jihad" Wages Terror War on Egypt's Secular Revolution

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The Nile of Democracy will Flood Egypt's Jihadists
Credit: Wiki Commons

As soon as the Egyptian military asked President Mahmoud Morsi to step down and dismantle his Islamist regime, millions in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities and towns celebrated the end of what they felt was a dangerous, fascistic regime. But despite an overwhelming popular support for the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood from power, some U.S. leaders, starting with President Barack Obama and later joined by Republican senator John McCain, expressed their rejection of the move because they argued it was “directed by the Egyptian military against a democratically-elected government.”

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The US Strategies for Syria  

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Woolwich’s Jihadi butchers: their non-spontaneous words matter

The savage slaughtering of a British soldier on the streets of Woolwich, England is not a common random crime; it is an act of terror, an expression of relentless war that is inspired by a jihadist ideology and sponsored by an international network of Salafist indoctrination. The reason we are making this assertion hours after the killing is to simply repeat what we have underscored in reports on similarly-inspired bloody attacks in the West in recent years. Rather, it is to prevent disorienting a shocked public by propaganda being diffused by apologists spreading intellectual chaos, covering up for the real culprit, and confusing audiences in Great Britain and around the world with irrelevant arguments. We will hear some pushing the argument of root causes being the Western presence in Muslim lands.]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:08:13 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/151998 http://hnn.us/blog/151998 Walid Phares Walid Phares 0 How the State Department Gets the Niqab Wrong The State Department recently issued a report denouncing what it called "a spike in anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe and Asia." It said that "Muslims also faced new restrictions in 2012 in countries ranging from Belgium, which banned face-covering religious attire in classrooms, to India where schools in Mangalore restricted headscarves." The State Department report confuses religious persecution, which is to be condemned, with politicization of religions, which is a matter of debate and includes strategies of which the U.S. government should not be a part nor within which the U.S. government should side with one faction against another. If countries ban the right to pray, broadcast and write about theology, any theology of any religion, this would be against human rights. Belgium and India do not ban religions per se. In fact, they are more tolerant regarding diverse religious practice than most of the members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The Obama administration is not criticizing secular European and Asian Governments for deciding to ban prayer or theologically philosophical dissertations, but rather criticizing these countries for banning the hijab or niqab in public places.

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