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The Value of Tolerance

by Shoshana Bryen
January 27, 2016 | Gatestone Institute

The defining value of Western politics is tolerance -- not that anyone is always tolerant, and not that other people are not also tolerant, but in order to have the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equal justice under law and multiple political parties. The demand that we be tolerant of that which we do not observe and do not believe and even/especially with which we do not agree is paramount. "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," and "Liberté, égalité, fraternité" require tolerance. "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." The First Amendment's protection of a free press and freedom from prior government censorship is the definition of tolerance.

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The Iran Deal on Balance

by Shoshana Bryen
January 26, 2016 | American Thinker

On balance, the Iran hostage deal stinks for the three missing contractors, Siamak Namazi, Robert Levinson, the United States, the Iranian people, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and all who worry about Iranian ambitions in the Middle East and beyond.

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The New "Cuban Missile Crisis" Mystery Deepens

by Shoshana Bryen and Stephen Bryen
January 22, 2016 | PJMedia

A U.S. Hellfire anti-tank missile - a weapon launched from Predator drones in anti-terrorism operations, among other uses - found its way into the hands of Cuba's government in 2014. But the route it took, twice crossing the Atlantic, was less mysterious than the U.S. Government's public response to the discovery that front-line American military equipment made it to Havana -- or beyond.

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The Next Stage of the War

by Shoshana Bryen
January 11, 2016 | American Thinker

The Obama administration appears surprised by the sudden eruption of Saudi-Iranian hostility after the Saudi government executed Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and the Iranians responded by organizing/sponsoring/approving an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. Both sides have walked the rhetoric back just a bit in the last day or two.

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Shoshana Bryen on Lisa Benson Radio Show

January 3, 2016 | Lisa Benson Radio Show

It's not About Muslims; It's About Terror

by Shoshana Bryen
December 24, 2015 | American Thinker

Americans have absorbed the understanding that not only are we fighting terror abroad, we are fighting it at home. It is not the shock of 9/11...it is a growing and fully rational understanding amassed over time. News of terror-related arrests is sporadic and often not on the front page, but Americans have come to understand that we and our country are targets of people who are not only willing to kill, but are willing to die to kill.

When All Else Fails, Call Israel

by Shoshana Bryen
December 18, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

Turkey's restoration of relations with Israel is less a political reconciliation than an admission of the utter bankruptcy of TUrkey's last five years of diplomatic endeavor.

"Tactical Patience," "Zero Casualties," and Still no Goal

by Shoshana Bryen
December 2, 2015 | American Thinker

The peak of lunacy in the American fight against ISIS may have been reached.

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Islamic State Shows New Influence in Libya

by Michael Johnson
February 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Islamic State's top commanders have begun to seek refuge in Libya, according to a statement made this week by a senior intelligence official in the country. Western and local leaders are now considering new moves to counter the threat from jihadists that has flourished in lawless areas since the overthrow of longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

New Report Claims U.S. Spying on Israel

by Michael Johnson
January 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

The U.S. and British governments have been spying on Israeli Air Force operations since 1998, according to documents that were obtained by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, and disclosed Friday. Officials in Israel have downplayed the revelations, but a pattern of American snooping on the Jewish State has emerged.

Iran's Hardliners Strike Back

by Michael Johnson
January 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized his country's religious establishment on Thursday, questioning the method hardliners use to keep power. Rouhani's comments came after a big blow to reformists earlier in the week, when conservatives on the Guardian Council disqualified thousands of would-be parliamentary candidates.

Turkey Pursues Accomplices After Bombing

by Michael Johnson
January 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Turkish Authorities announced Wednesday that they had detained seven people in connection with a suicide bombing in Istanbul earlier this week. The blast, in the central historical district, marks the first terrorist attack this year after a series of bloody bombings in 2015.

Tensions Rise With Tehran's Claims of Bombed Embassy

by Michael Johnson
January 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Iranian officials accused Saudi Arabia of launching an airstrike against its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday, marking the latest escalation between the two regional powers.

Suicide Bomber Hits Pakistan

by Michael Johnson
December 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

A suicide bombing killed at least 22 people outside a government building in the northwestern Pakistani town of Mardan on Tuesday. The bombing marks just the latest in a series of bloody terror attacks in the country this year following a crackdown initiated by security forces last January.

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