Writings by Shoshana Bryen (View Biography)
|The Doctrine of Proportionality
||July 20, 2014 at 5:00 am|
|Guarding American Interests in the Sunni-Shiite War
||June 20, 2014 at 4:30 am|
|Will Israel Save Hamas and Fatah Again?
||April 29, 2014 at 4:00 am|
|Money, Politics and Israel's Defense
||March 7, 2014 at 4:30 am|
|On the Border of Freedom: Ukraine and Venezuela||February 24, 2014 at 4:00 am|
|U.S. Security "Assurances" and the End of UN Resolution 242
||February 3, 2014 at 4:00 am|
|The Middle East: The Way They See It
||January 7, 2014 at 4:00 am|
|Iran Deal: Was the West Skinned?
||December 4, 2013 at 5:00 am|
|A Lesser Superpower Than We Used To Be
||October 24, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|Palestinian Corruption -- Again
||October 17, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|Shape-Shifting on Syria
||September 4, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|Beware Al-Jazeera Coming to America
||August 22, 2013 at 3:30 am|
|"Radicalizing" the Muslim Brotherhood
||August 1, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|Courts Unravel Sanctions on Iran
||July 22, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|"American Guarantees": Foolish Offers
||July 2, 2013 at 4:30 am|
|They Voted for a Moderate; Now What?
||June 17, 2013 at 5:00 am|
|It Wasn't an Accident||June 6, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|Israel Should Be Poor; Palestine, Rich
||May 28, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|U.S.: Israel's Prosperity a Problem
||May 24, 2013 at 10:30 am|
|The Fourth Great War
||May 6, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|Burning Down the Palestinian House
||April 5, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|Calling for Protest in Israel
||March 22, 2013 at 3:30 am|
|The Current Limits of U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation||March 8, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|What if They Mean What They Say?
||March 5, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|A Hard Reckoning||February 21, 2013 at 4:00 am|
|Is Iran Trying to Start Another War?
||January 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm|
|Enshrining Ideologies: Egypt and the US
||January 22, 2013 at 5:00 am|
|How to Use American Influence
||December 27, 2012 at 5:00 am|
|Converging toward Hamas
||December 21, 2012 at 3:30 am|
|"Because they Could"||November 30, 2012 at 7:30 am|
|Honing Anti-Semitism in France and Sweden
||October 19, 2012 at 5:00 am|
|Changing the Battlefield
||October 17, 2012 at 5:00 am|
|The YouTube Video as a Dress Rehearsal||October 3, 2012 at 3:00 am|
|The End of US-Israel Strategic Cooperation?
||September 6, 2012 at 4:45 am|
|US Security Interests in Egypt||August 31, 2012 at 4:00 am|
|Egypt Fully Remilitarizing Sinai - with US Help
||August 20, 2012 at 5:00 am|
|US Administration Stabs Israel in the Back||July 5, 2012 at 5:00 am|
|The Incredible Shrinking US-Israel Security Cooperation
||June 27, 2012 at 4:00 am|
|Variations on the Theme of The Arab War Against Israel||June 12, 2012 at 3:00 am|
|The Process Trap||June 1, 2012 at 4:30 am|
|Counting Palestinians||May 25, 2012 at 4:00 am|
|What if a Rational Iran Says, "Yes"?||May 2, 2012 at 4:30 am|
|"Targeted Assassination" by the U.S. Security Establishment?||April 2, 2012 at 4:00 am|
|"Responsibility to Protect"||March 19, 2012 at 3:30 am|
|What Netanyahu May Have Added...
||March 7, 2012 at 3:30 am|
|The New Cold War With The Same Old Russia||January 9, 2012 at 4:30 am|
||December 28, 2011 at 4:45 am|
|Panetta, Friedman and "The Damn Table"||December 26, 2011 at 4:00 am|
|Lebanon: Hezbollah Digs In||December 1, 2011 at 4:45 am|
by Pierre Rehov
For terrorists, the death of innocent children is irrelevant. In a society that promotes martyrdom as the ultimate sign of success, the death of innocent children can sometimes even be seen as a public relations blessing.
In every action, intent is paramount. There should never be a moral equivalence painted between the deliberate killing of civilians, and a retaliation that tragically leads to casualties among civilians.
There is, however, one small difference: in the Middle East, reporters are threatened, except in Israel. Their choice becomes a simple one: promote the Palestinian point of view or stop working in the West Bank. Keep the eye of the camera dirty or lose your job. This show should not go on.
by Khaled Abu Toameh
Since 1948, the Arab countries and government have been paying mostly lip service to the Palestinians.
"They have money and oil, but don't care about the Palestinians, even though we are Arabs and Muslims like them. What a Saudi or Qatari sheikh spends in one night in London, Paris or Las Vegas could solve the problem of tens of thousands of Palestinians." — Palestinian human rights activist.
"Some Arabs were hoping that Israel would rid them of Hamas." — Ashraf Salameh, Gaza City.
"Some of the Arab regimes are interested in getting rid of the resistance in order to remove the burden of the Palestinian cause, which threatens the stability of their regimes." — Mustafa al-Sawwaf, Palestinian political analyst.
"Most Arabs are busy these days with bloody battles waged by their leaders, who are struggling to survive. These battles are raging in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian Authority." — Mohammed al-Musafer, columnist.
"The Arab leaders don't know what they want from the Gaza Strip. They don't even know what they want from Israel." — Yusef Rizka, Hamas official.
by Soeren Kern
European elites, who take pride in viewing the EU as a "postmodern" superpower, have long argued that military hard-power is illegitimate in the 21st century. Unfortunately for Europe, Russia (along with China and Iran) has not embraced the EU's fantastical soft-power worldview, in which "climate change" is now said to pose the greatest threat to European security.
For its part, the European Commission, the EU's administrative branch, which never misses an opportunity to boycott institutions in Israel, has issued only a standard statement on the shooting down of MH17 in Ukraine, which reads: "The European Union will continue to follow this issue very closely."
The EU has made only half-hearted attempts to develop alternatives to its dependency on Russian oil and gas.
by Shoshana Bryen
Proportionality in international law is not about equality of death or civilian suffering, or even about [equality of] firepower. Proportionality weighs the necessity of a military action against suffering that the action might cause to enemy civilians in the vicinity.
"Under international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute, the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable does not constitute a war crime.... even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur. A crime occurs if there is an intentional attack directed against civilians (principle of distinction) or an attack is launched on a military objective in the knowledge that the incidental civilian injuries would be clearly excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage (principle of proportionality)." — Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.
"The greater the military advantage anticipated, the larger the amount of collateral damage -- often civilian casualties -- which will be "justified" and "necessary." — Dr. Françoise Hampton, University of Essex, UK.
by Irfan Al-Alawi
"Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi" is Abu Du'a, a follower of the late Osama Bin Laden. By adding the name "Al-Qurayshi" in his current alias, he is also seeking to affirm descent from Muhammad.
The allegation of theological sovereignty over all Sunnis extends to Indonesia and Morocco. The idea that the borders between Syria and Iraq will be dissolved by the new "caliphate" defies all Islamic theology and history. As the Qur'an states, "Allah "made the nations and tribes different." (49:13) Syria and Iraq have been distinct for millennia.
The "Islamic State" seeks to obliterate these diverse identities by expelling or killing all Shias and Sunni Sufis. And it does not invoke the Ottoman caliphate in its propaganda, demonstrating decisively the fake nature of the "Islamic State."
A caliphate is obsolete and the "Islamic State" is totalitarian. All Sunnis need to repudiate them soundly, even by force of arms.