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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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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.

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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.

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"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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Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite

by Shoshana Bryen
November 17, 2015 | American Thinker

Secretary of State Kerry said of Friday's terror attack in Paris, "These are heinous, evil, vile acts. Those of us who can must do everything in our power to fight back against what can only be considered an assault on our common humanity." President Obama used the phrase "common humanity" as well.

They are wrong.

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Options in Syria: What will Russia Decide?

by Shoshana Bryen and Stephen Bryen
November 16, 2015 | Technology & Security: How Things Really Work

Russia's options in Syria are poor. While Vladimir Putin intervened to save his client Assad and Russian access to warm-water ports, it is beginning to look as if air power won't do the job for Russia any more than it will for the U.S. – and the Russians are using much higher volumes. In addition, it appears that Russia will suffer now from pushback, the first incident of which might have been the jetliner downed over Sinai.What can Putin do? Cutting a deal with Saudi Arabia may be the least of several not-very-good options.

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Israel Has No Iran Strategy

by Gabriel Scheinmann
November 6, 2015 | The National Interest

After a week of meetings in Israel, one thing is clear to me: Israel has no Iran strategy. Seemingly spent from the losing public campaign against the Iranian nuclear deal, not even the passage of "Adoption Day" on October 18 roused Israeli officials from their post-deal slumber. Israelis reluctantly see themselves as bystanders to their fate—a position reinforced by Russia's intervention in Syria—relegated to pleading with an Obama administration that is still crowing from its resolute achievement. Focused on abating the recent wave of Palestinian terrorism, Israel seems listless in the post–Iran deal era.

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Payback?

by Shoshana Bryen
November 4, 2015 | American Thinker

It could have been a coincidence.  A Russian airbus with 224 people – mainly tourists – flying from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia could simply have come apart in midair, killing all aboard.  It would have been one heck of a coincidence, though, considering the players who would have wanted it to disintegrate and the constellation of agendas that would be advanced by a well-placed bomb.

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Understanding Russian Strategy

by Shoshana Bryen
November 3, 2015 | Defense News

It is unsurprising that Arab leaders and Israel, traditional American allies, are listening carefully to Putin. Even Afghanistan and Pakistan are making overtures to the Kremlin. It behooves the American government to understand Russia's strategy - not to agree with it, not necessarily to cooperate with it or with him, but to understand the logic behind it, which is not altogether contrary to American interests.

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The Holocaust is OVER

by Shoshana Bryen
October 26, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

History provides a framework for understanding today's politics. The Mufti of Jerusalem was not only a kindred spirit of Hitler; he spent much of the war in Berlin as the guest of like-minded practitioners of Jew-hatred. If what happened in the 1930s and 1940s, however, is allowed to turn our attention from the current threats to the Jewish State, we will have granted them a belated victory they do not deserve.

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