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January 8, 2009

You’ve Just Been Appointed U.S. Middle East Envoy…Now What?

Aggregated from: Mideast Youth - Thinking Ahead » USA

With the bloody fighting in Gaza, emotions are running high in the region, and around the world. The ghastly images we see on the news evoke a wide range of emotions: sympathy, empathy, regret, guilt, remorse, and yes, anger. All this is understandable. And yet we sense that strong passions and unbr...

October 20, 2008

Islam: A Religion of Peace?

Aggregated from: Mideast Youth - Thinking Ahead » USA

I attended a debate recently. The issue: Is Islam a Religion of Peace, and is Shariah, or Islamic law, consistent with the U.S. Constitution? Arguing in the affirmative was Suhail, whom I would consider a moderate Muslim. Arguing in the negative was Frank, an American who considers Islam to be a thr...

October 5, 2008

In Search of New Frontiers

Aggregated from: Mideast Youth - Thinking Ahead » USA

America has always been a land of new frontiers. From the time that Columbus first set foot here, to the time that pioneers set out to settle the West, to the time that Americans set out for the moon, there has always been a sense here that there are new frontiers to explore. And yet, America now fi...

June 19, 2008

If you were John McCain, how would you sell a Vision of Hope for the Middle East?

Aggregated from: Mideast Youth - Thinking Ahead » USA

John McCain has a daunting task ahead of him. He believes deeply in securing a victory in Iraq, at a time when the American people’s support for the war is at an all time low. He believes deeply that Islamic extremism is the transcendent issue of our time, at a time when Americans are preoccu...

June 4, 2008

If you were Barack Obama, how would you Sell a Vision of Hope for the Middle East?

Aggregated from: Mideast Youth - Thinking Ahead » USA

Given the choice, most voters would rather forget about the Middle East. With so many pressing problems here at home, it is hard to keep worrying about that precarious place. But the Middle East is not easily forgotten. In the first place, our oil supply, which continues to fuel our economy until we...

May 26, 2008

Talking To Our Enemies: Why Even Bother?

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President Bush’s recent trip to Jerusalem hinted at what will surely become a contentious issue in the upcoming presidential election. In addressing the Israeli Knesset, the president said something to the effect that talking to Iran’s leaders was tantamount to “appeasement,â€...

April 1, 2008

Should the U.S. Leave Iraq?

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As the U.S. presidential election continues in full swing, a lot of talk centers around Iraq. Senators Clinton and Obama are competing with one another as to the soonest pullout date possible. Senator McCain is pledging to stay the course until victory is at hand. And popular support for the war is ...