Monday, April 30, 2012

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- April 30, 2012

Al Qaeda Is Far From Defeated -- Seth Jones, Wall Street Journal

While the U.S. prepares a strategic shift toward the Far East, evidence mounts that the terrorist organization is resurgent in the Muslim world.

A year after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, most policy makers and pundits believe al Qaeda is near collapse. "Another nail in the coffin," one senior U.S. official told me after the death of an al Qaeda operative in Pakistan last month from a U.S. drone strike. In testimony before the Senate in February, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the core al Qaeda is likely becoming of "symbolic importance."

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Drive to bomb Iran fizzles out -- Gulf News editorial

Khamenei Preparing for a Deal?
-- Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Our Man in Baghdad: Don't look now, but the greatest threat to Middle East stability might just be the "democracy" we created in Iraq. -- James Traub, Foreign Policy

History has a lesson for Assad: the Hama model leads to war -- Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Return of medievalism in Middle East -- Gokhan Bacik, Today's Zaman

In Tunisia after Arab Spring, Islamists’ new freedoms create new Muslim divide
-- Marc Fisher, Washington Post

What's At Stake In Sudanese Border Battle -- NPR (Audio)

How the Chen Guangcheng Case Will Test U.S.-China Relations
-- John Lee, Time

Four Shocks That Could Change China
-- Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Nothing has changed in Israel since 1948 -- Gideon Levy, Haaretz

From Russia with Love (of Oil and Gas) -- Jeffrey Folks, American Thinker

French Presidential Election: Vive la France
-- Adam Gopnik, New Yorker

A housing crisis of global proportions -- Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

Barack Obama's politicisation of the bin Laden raid looks desperate -- Niles Gardiner, The Telegraph

Obama Hardly a Hawkish Warrior-in-Chief -- Max Boot, Commentary

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