Tale of Two Nigerians: Suspect, Father Travel Diverging Paths

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704259304575043201159816086.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines By SARAH CHILDRESS And WILL CONNORS KADUNA, Nigeria—As a child in this northern Nigerian town, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab used to chastise his banker father for not giving more money to the poor, invoking his family’s adherence to the tenets of Islam. “He preached to his father all the time,” said Mahfuz Datti, Mr. Abdulmutallab’s […]

How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas

By ANDREW HIGGINS Moshav Tekuma, Israel http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123275572295011847.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Surveying the wreckage of a neighbor’s bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile’s trajectory back to an “enormous, stupid mistake” made 30 years ago. “Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in […]

Israel Is Committing War Crimes

Hamas’s violations are no justification for Israel’s actions. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123154826952369919.html?mod=googlenews_wsj#printMode By GEORGE E. BISHARAT Israel’s current assault on the Gaza Strip cannot be justified by self-defense. Rather, it involves serious violations of international law, including war crimes. Senior Israeli political and military leaders may bear personal liability for their offenses, and they could be prosecuted by […]

Samuel Huntington’s Warning – Idiocy of the Day by F. Ajami

DECEMBER 30, 2008 He predicted a ‘clash of civilizations,’ not the illusion of Davos Man. By FOUAD AJAMI The last of Samuel Huntington’s books — “Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity,” published four years ago — may have been his most passionate work. It was like that with the celebrated Harvard political […]