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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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Anti-ISIS War Underscores the End of Western Dominance

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 9, 2014, No Comments

The emergence of ISIS/ISIL/IS is just one more example–albeit a significant one–of the passage of an era of Western dominance of the Arab/Muslim world.  President Barack Obama's anti-ISIS strategy (which is anything but a strategy) and his war on that entity in Syria and Iraq should be examined in that context.  The most prominent members of Obama's coalition to bomb ISIS are Arab monarchies of West Asia, whose very survival remains under constant threat not only from the Islamists, but also from the anti-authoritarian forces that played a crucial role in initiating the Arab Awakening in December 2010.  As much as the Arab Awakening has become a somewhat dormant force, its turbulence is still being felt on a daily basis in Yemen and Jordan.  As much as the Saudis succeeded in suppressing the rebellion of largely Shia masses against the Sunni rulers of Bahrain, no one really knows how stable that sheikhdom is likely to remain and for how long.  The Arab states are experiencing
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Neocons: They Are Alive and Itching for War!

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 24, 2014, No Comments

If you thought that the American neoconservatives (aka "chicken hawks") of the George W. Bush administration–persons who brought us the Iraqi invasion based on a mission to destroy the imaginary arsenal of weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussain was hiding–you would be wrong. They are very much alive and are coming back through cyberspace and the airways trashing President Barack Obama's handling of Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.  When they are reminded of the atrocious mess originally created in Afghanistan and Iraq by Bush and these very same neocons, they deny this linkage and then quickly proceed with their warmongering rhetoric.  A factor to keep in mind about these neocons is that none has actually fought in a war.  However, their palpable penchant for war–as long as someone else's son or daughter is going to die in it–has rightly earned them the pejorative depiction "chicken hawks." Their proclivities are very much alive; they are itching for another war. (mo
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So Long, 2013; Welcome 2014…I Think!

by Ehsan Ahrari on January 2, 2014, No Comments

Happy new year to all my global friends and contacts! 2013 has been an okay year for the United States, in terms of its foreign policy in the Middle East and in the Asia-Pacific.  (more…)
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Nawaz Sharif’s Domestic and Foreign Policy Options

by Ehsan Ahrari on August 24, 2013, No Comments

The chief problem faced by most heads of state is that, despite their well-intentioned endeavors to prioritize their countries' major problems in order to decide which should be tackled first,  they are almost invariably frustrated by changing circumstances, emergencies, and/or natural calamities.  Those shifting circumstances also affect the hierarchy of importance to be tackled.  Such is especially the case with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan. (more…)
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“Real Reason for the Strategic Tensions Between US and Pakistan is the Haqqani Group”‘کشیدگی Ú©ÛŒ اصل وجہ حقانی گروپ ہے’

by Ehsan Ahrari on August 1, 2013, No Comments

This is interview with the BBC Urdu of this monring (August 1, 2013) 'کشیدگی Ú©ÛŒ اصل وجہ حقانی گروپ ہے' آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعرات 1 اگست 2013 ,‭ 16:49 GMT 21:49 PST  http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2013/08/130801_ehsan_ehrari_2way_tk.shtml پاکستان Ú©Û’ تناظر میں امریکی اہداف کیا ہیں؟ دفاعی امور Ú©Û’ تجزیہ کار ڈاکٹر احسان احراری Ú©ÛŒ بی بی سی Ú©Û’ پروگرام سیربین میں گفتگو سنئیےmp3 اس مواد Ú©Ùˆ دیکھنے/سننے Ú©Û’ لیے جاوا Ø
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The Abbotabad Commission Report and the United States

by Ehsan Ahrari on July 23, 2013, No Comments

The Abbotabad Commission Report, in some corners of Pakistan, is depicted as "scathing," while another school of thought calls it a mere whitewash.  The fact of the matter is that it is both.  It is scathing in its criticism of some security institutions and practices, such as the lack of coordination.  However, its only whitewash is either ignoring or soft-pedaling the real culprit, the possible involvement of the higher ups in either approving the presence of Usama Bin Laden (UBL) in Pakistan or  being a party to it.  (more…)
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The Synonymity Between Dispensability and Decline

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 22, 2013, No Comments

In his second inaugural address in January 1997, President Bill Clinton stated, "America stands alone as the world's indispensable nation."[1]  Since then, that phrase has been used on a regular basis.  America, as an indispensable nation, underscores its dominance in resolving conflicts of all portions since the end of World War II.    It has been a major enabler of global economic stability and prosperity of Western Europe and Japan, and, most important of all, it contained the former Soviet Union–playing a crucial role in bringing about its eventual implosion.  (more…)
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Whither “Savior” Musharraf Pervez?

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 18, 2013, No Comments

My surprise was second to none when I saw that the former dictator of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, had arrived in his native land with the audacious self-depiction of himself as a "savior."  My estimation was that it was too soon for him to return to Pakistan; there were too many angry politicians and persons in the legal community and institutions chomping at the bit to get even with him.  One angry lawyer even hurled his shoe at him.  The ultimate "Bush welcome" in Baghdad of December 2008 has become a permanent symbol of popular contempt for unpopular politicians in Muslim countries.  Besides, the people of Pakistan had shown no affinity for the idea of his return.  The professional commando decided to go on a "suicide mission" on his own.  (more…)