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Islamophobia in the West: Playing into the Hands of ISIS

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 18, 2016, No Comments

Fear of Islam and Muslims has been a visible trend since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.  In Europe, this trend was given fictional respectability in the name of freedom of speech.  However, the same alleged commitment to freedom of expression was not applied to those who denied the Holocaust.  The point here is not that anyone should deny the Holocaust.  Rather, the point of emphasis here is the hypocritical application of the selective use of that practice and the related double standard.  The same hypocrisy was applied in various cartoons disrespecting the Prophet of Islam.  For those who only read how capable the Europeans can be about insulting or even hating other religions need no proof other than the frequent nefarious acts of insulting the Prophet and Islam through the drawing of these offensive cartoons. (more…)
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Is Obama’s Strategic Dilemma in Syria a Symptom of the Arrival of a Post-Superpower Era?

by Ehsan Ahrari on May 18, 2013, No Comments

The government of Bishara al-Assad, while predicted to have fallen many months ago, is hanging on, and is causing an agonizing dilemma on the part of the United States and Israel.  Both of them want to see the end of Assad's regime; however, neither of them wants to see Assad replaced by a nexus of Islamists and pro-AQ Jihadists in that country.  The sustained hesitation of the United States regarding Syria made John Kampfner of the Guardian wonder whether this is the first conflict of "the post-superpower era."  My sense is that Kampfner is not far off the mark, especially since the PRC is reported to be demonstrating a heightened interest in playing some role in the PLO-Israeli conflict. (more…)
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The Impending Power Shift is Not All Good News for PRC and All Bad News for U.S.

by Ehsan Ahrari on September 16, 2011, 1 Comment

The rise and fall of great powers appear very clear only in retrospect.  However, while it is happening, even the most imaginative scenario-builders are nagged by the looming uncertainty and the gnawing thought about whether they are witnessing a permanent or even a long-term trend, or whether they are watching only a "tempest in a teapot."  This is how I feel while witnessing the ostensible decline of the United States.  Unlike a number of strategic thinkers, I do not link the start of the seeming decline of the lone superpower to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  On the contrary, I relate it to the economic miasma that has been lurking over its horizon since 2008, and the related worsening mood inside the United States that is preventing members of the Democratic and Republican parties to agree on middle-of-the road compromises – which had long been one of the hallmarks of American political culture – to cure its economic decline. (more…)