Neither an Idiot, nor a Wise Man

President Obama might have reached a rational deal with Iran, but the price-tag, namely: the dissolution of Syria, undermines its hypothesized potential for delivering a more stable and peaceful Middle East.
President Obama might have reached a rational deal with Iran, but the price-tag, namely: the dissolution of Syria, undermines its hypothesized potential for delivering a more stable and peaceful Middle East.

No. President Obama is not an idiot, and the deal that he just reached with Iran over its nuclear program will give the United States much more than it has given up, changing the face of the Middle East in the process. Perhaps, Europe will have in Iran another potential source of natural gas, breaking their reliance on Russia. Perhaps the strategic advantages for the U.S. and Europe are much larger that than whatever compromises they had to make in regard to Iranian ambitions.

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ملاحظات حول الطبيعة الإنسانية والنظام الدولي

شعار الفوضويين الغربيين
شعار الفوضويين الغربيين

ما يزال الكثيرون اليوم ينتقدون الغرب ككلّ، بحضارته وثقافاته واقتصادياته وسياساته، ويحلمون باندحاره وبسقوط النظام العالمي الذي وضع دعائمه، كل ذلك دون أن يقدم أحد رؤية ما لأيّ بديل عملي وعقلاني. بل، يبدو أن معظم المنتقدين هنا متصالحين تماماً مع فكرة أن الفوضى هي البديل الفعلي على المدى المنظور في حال تحقّق حلمهم وانهار الغرب.

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The Price Tag

Iranian women flash a heart sign during celebration in northern Tehran on 14 July 2015.
Iranian women flash a heart sign during celebration in northern Tehran on 14 July 2015.

What’s happening to Syria, and not simply in Syria, has been described by UN officials as the worst humanitarian disaster since WWII. In regional terms, this is also the worst disaster since the Palestinian Nakba, irrespective of how one allots blame for that one.

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Of Ideals, Unbelief, and Betrayal

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America’s leverage to speak on a variety of issues, from the aggressive attitude of certain countries to their record of domestic violations of human rights, is greatly enhanced and improved when America itself is not seeing as an aggressor, in action or in waiting, or as a major violator of human rights of others. This is true. But is this really the only issue, or even the main issue, undermining America’s credibility in this regard? Are those who are raising the issue of America’s hypocrisy and double-standards serious about their moral objection to intervening in other country’s domestic affairs and criticizing their cultural practices?

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