Points East & West

‘The very few actions the President has taken with regard to Syria have actually made matters worse’

“The West should acknowledge that a ground deployment of sorts is, ultimately, the only way to quash IS”

“Terrorism is first and foremost a problem of public security. But its defeat can only emerge from a battle of ideas against its ideological underpinnings”

‘Europe must force Iran to rethink its support for Assad, the main cause of Syrian misery and the migration crisis’

“The nuclear agreement is the best deal that Iran could have hoped for”

‘It is tempting to pretend that the mayhem unleashed by the Arab Spring will somehow not affect us. It will. It already does’

‘Four years of Western inaction in Syria have contributed to the crisis in the Mediterranean. So has our ill-conceived intervention in Libya’

‘The gulf between Israel and the Obama administration will continue after Netanyahu’s re-election’

“European progressives’ obsession with Israel has led them to explain away physical and verbal abuse, or even murder, of their own Jewish citiziens.”

“The Obama White House has bought into Iran’s narrative that there is a convergence of interests over Islamic State in Syria and Iraq”