Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

On Muslim Brotherhood — Is Obama Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?

July 11th, 2013

By James G. Zumwalt The pro-democracy crowd celebrating President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster in Cairo’s Tahrir Square unfurled a banner-a warning about Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) backing him. It read, “Wake up, America.” Hopefully, President Obama heeds it. The road traveled to join the club of democratic nations is not always an easy one-sometimes

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Muslim chutzpah

July 10th, 2013

HERNDON, Va., July 9 (UPI) — Only the Hebrew word “chutzpah” appropriately describes it but a recent demand of the Vatican by Egypt’s senior Sunni cleric Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb screams for its use. To better understand why, a brief history of recent Muslim/Catholic relations is necessary. In 2006, ties between Muslims and

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Who is winning the coin toss in Syria?

June 5th, 2013

By James G. Zumwalt In an old comedy routine, Bill Cosby jokes about warring parties in history determining terms of battle beforehand by adopting the coin toss—used today by football teams to see who first goes on offense or defense. In the Battle of Little Big Horn, for example, Cosby—playing referee—introduces Indian “team” captain Chief

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Holding Assad to Account

May 7th, 2013

During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, a 17-year old deserter successfully made his way to the West in 1981. But he found life there much different from the structured, disciplined lifestyle under which he had been raised in the Soviet Union. He felt uncomfortable with so many options in life demanding decisions. For him, it

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Iran plays North Korean card in nuclear poker game

April 17th, 2013

JAMES ZUMWALT || UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., April 16 (UPI) — With the beat of war drums becoming a daily ritual in North Korea and as analysts struggle to assess what makes the natives restless, three points are worth considering — especially since the White House ignores the third. First, Pyongyang WILL NOT initiate

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Did Syria use chemical weapons to help Iran?

April 3rd, 2013

HERNDON, Va., April 2 (UPI) — Take an unpopular dictator of an Arab country with chemical/biological weapons in his arsenal and there is one certainty: He will implement every possible safety factor to ensure no one gains access to employ them against him. While these leaders revere the use of such weapons against their foes, they

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Awaiting departure of Syria’s ‘Coward of the Alamo’

January 15th, 2013

JAMES ZUMWALT || UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., Jan. 15 (UPI) — HERNDON, Va., Jan. 15 (UPI) — On the evening of March 5, 1836, the 189 Americans defending the “Alamo” — a Spanish mission in Texas — faced a monumental decision. Surrounded by thousands of Mexican troops led by Gen. Antonio Lopez de

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Assad won’t take the fall ‘standing tall’

July 24th, 2012

Published: July 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM JAMES ZUMWALT || UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., July 24 (UPI) — HERNDON, Va., July 24 (UPI) — While it is doubtful Syria’s Bashar Assad ever had any intention of voluntarily stepping down as president, it has now become clear he has crossed the line of no

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On Syria: From Deafening Roar to Silence of the Lambs

April 16th, 2012

Published in Family Security Matters April 16, 2012 In Greek mythology, a “Siren” was a seductive woman whose enchanting voice lured men to their deaths. As ships sailed near rocky shores, the Sirens’ song entranced mariners, causing them to jump overboard. Greek mythology does not appear to have a male equivalent to a siren, although some scholars

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Passing The Buck on Syria

April 6th, 2012

Published in Family Security Matters: April 4, 2012 It would make an interesting psychological case study: Where family dynasties rule as brutal dictatorships, what drives a son to try to out-perform the father. In North Korea, for example, soon after the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994 who, during his lifetime, had a memorial built

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