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THE JERUSALEM POST

October 5, 2008

The Region: Just be our friend

Barry Rubin

In response to a casual question, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates dropped a historical bombshell, an offhand remark telling more about how the Middle East works than 100 books. And a former US Marine commander added an equally big revelation about long-ago events quite relevant for today.
Almost 30 years ago, president Jimmy Carter tried to show what a nice guy he was by pressing the shah of Iran not to crush the revolutionaries. After the monarch fell, national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski met top officials of the new Islamist regime to pledge US friendship to the government controlled by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. At the time, I wrote that by approaching some of the milder radicals, the administration frightened the more militant ones. US-Iran relations must be smashed, they concluded, lest Washington back their rivals. In fact, as we'll see in a moment, the Carter administration offered to back Khomeini himself.

Three days after the Brzezinski meeting, in November 1979, the Islamist regime's cadre seized the US embassy and its staff as hostages, holding them until January 1981. This was our introduction to the new Middle East of radical Islamism. Carter continued his weak stance, persuading the Teheran regime that it could get away with anything.
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FrontPageMagazine.com

10/6/2008

"Surpassing Shylock"


By Nonie Darwish

Arab feminists, reformers and intellectuals are intimidated, threatened or killed in the Middle East. Even the late Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, was stabbed in Cairo in 1994 by a radical Muslim who claimed that Mahfouz insulted Islam.

Americans of Muslim Arab origin, like myself, who speak out against jihad, terrorism and anti-Semitism, also confront threats and shaming from those who want to silence us. This does not necessarily come from radical Islamist clerics, but often from highly educated Arabs working in prominent institutions of higher learning in the US.
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Fox News

October 15, 2008

First Time FBI Calls Case an 'Honor Killing'

By Maxim Lott

Almost a year after two teenage girls were found dead — allegedly executed by their father — in the back seat of a taxicab in Texas, the FBI is saying for the first time that the case may have been an "honor killing."

Sarah Said, 17, and her sister Amina, 18, were killed on New Year's Day, but for nine months authorities deflected questions about whether their father — the prime suspect and the subject of a nationwide manhunt — may have targeted them because of a perceived slight upon his honor.
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Federal News Service
 
September 18, 2008 Thursday  
 
CAPITOL HILL HEARING  
 
HEARING OF THE TERRORISM, UNCONVENTIONAL THREATS AND CAPABILITIES SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE; SUBJECT: LESSONS FOR COUNTERING AL QAEDA AND THE WAY AHEAD; CHAIRED BY: REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SMITH (D-WA); WITNESSES: SETH JONES, POLITICAL SCIENTIST, RAND CORPORATION; MICHAEL SCHEUER, SENIOR FELLOW, JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION; JOHN ARQUILLA, PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANALYSIS, NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL; LOCATION: 2118 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C.
 
REP. SMITH: (Sounds gavel.) Good morning. We'll call the subcommittee meeting to order. I thank members and witnesses for being here today.

I'll start with an opening statement, then turn it over to Mr. Thornberry for any opening remarks, and then go directly to our witnesses.

Thank you all for joining us this morning. I really look forward to the testimony this morning. We have a very distinguished and thoughtful panel on the issues around counterterrorism and how the struggle against al Qaeda and violent extremists is going, the various component pieces of that, certainly within the military; how we are doing, what is going on with the various pieces that the military is responsible for.
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