The revolution comes to the Middle East: about the past & future of ISIS

Summary:  This article by Professor Roberts is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand current events in the Middle East today. He starts with the origin in the distant past, shows the forces that gave them life, and describes the trends that will determine their future. He points to the possibility of a pleasant outcome, … Continue reading The revolution comes to the Middle East: about the past & future of ISIS

Martin van Creveld says: To understand ISIS, see its history

Summary:  To gain a perspective to understand the Islamic State, Martin van Creveld looks at the history of the Middle East for its origins. Although written last year it remains as apt today as then (despite the monthly clickbait announcements of turning points in this war). Van Gogh sees the history of the Middle East … Continue reading Martin van Creveld says: To understand ISIS, see its history

Martin van Creveld explains why our actions in the Syrian civil war will fail

Summary:  Today Martin van Creveld, one of our generation's most acute geopolitical analysts, gives a brilliant brief on the Syrian civil war, putting it in the larger context of America's mad Middle Eastern policy. I recommend reading, especially his conclusions.   (2nd of 2 posts today.} "Any wise enemy is better than an ignorant friend." … Continue reading Martin van Creveld explains why our actions in the Syrian civil war will fail