This is No Time for Complacency

Recent word that Atiya Abdul Rahman, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, was killed by a drone strike in Pakistan adds to the impression we have little to fear from the remnants of what was once seen as the world’s most dangerous terrorist group. And indeed, it may be the case we have a good less to fear–at least for the time being–from al-Qaeda Central. But, as I have been arguing for some time, that does not mean we have nothing to fear from jihadist terrorists. They remain active around the world and have been making dangerous gains in such countries as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The turmoil of the Arab Spring may provide further openings for them, as Joshua Muravchik warns in a perceptive article in the new COMMENTARY.  The U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq provides yet more opportunities they can take advantage of.

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This is No Time for Complacency

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Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly

Giving up the ghost.

BDS activists are presumably celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to warn off companies that do business with Israelis in the West Bank. I’d advise them to enjoy their temporary victory while they can. As several recent events make clear, they’re losing badly outside the UN. And they’re losing for one simple reason: People worldwide are gradually coming to understand that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement isn’t “anti-occupation,” it’s anti-Semitic.

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Making the World Safe for Communism—Again

Fellow babblers.

In an April 1976 essay in COMMENTARY titled “Making the World Safe for Communism,” Norman Podhoretz observed that “the Soviet Union has fewer apologists in the United States than ever before, but this is not because more people have become convinced that it is a wicked and dangerous country; it is because fewer and fewer people any longer consider the Soviet Union to be any better than the United States.” Third World revolutionary regimes still counted fans among liberal intellectuals, but, on the whole, Podhoretz noted that the Communist project was intellectually exhausted by the 1970s.

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The Mystery of America’s Cuba Crisis

Where's the seriousness?

The American government’s ongoing dispute with Cuba has aroused remarkably little interest among political observers, particularly considering its objective seriousness.

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The Other Russia Scandal

One woman wrecking ball.

In her latest reinvention, Hillary Clinton has emerged from the woods transformed into a self-styled Cassandra. She travels from sound stage to sound stage, reminding the public that her 2016 loss was not her fault and the Russians who undid her once-promising political career are coming again. This newest reboot is remarkable if only for its extraordinary immodesty. Few have done so much to undermine the fortunes of their ostensible allies, but Hillary Clinton is not done yet. Her vendetta has now led her to sabotage the so-called “Resistance’s” last, best hope for cutting the legs out from under the Trump administration: Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.

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Israeli Arabs’ Growing Israeli Identity

Don't believe the hype.

Over last week’s Sukkot holiday, Israeli Arab couple Khalil and Reem Bakly launched their own personal coexistence venture by building a completely kosher sukkah (aided by an Orthodox Jewish employee of Khalil’s dental practice) and inviting any and all Israeli Jews to come visit. That same week, a delegation comprised entirely of Israeli Arabs—Muslims, Christians, and Druze—made final preparations for a speaking tour defending Israel on American college campuses.

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