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Op-Ed: A Shared Objective

| March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: A Shared Objective

On March 19, Peter Maass wrote in The Intercept that “for Donald Trump, a terror attack will be an opportunity not a curse.” Maass is right on the most basic level, and it’s quite extraordinary that the point is not being made by more voices in the media. It speaks to the fact that–even though […]

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OP-ED: The myth of religious extremism and our selective grief

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The myth of religious extremism and our selective grief

Several attacks shook Paris on the evening of Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Explosions were set off outside a national soccer match between France and Germany, where French President Francois Hollande was attending. Gunmen attacked a restaurant, and invaded an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan, killing dozens and taking hostages. Paris fell into […]

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OP-ED: Peace and forgiveness are the key elements in setting the world on the right track

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Peace and forgiveness are the key elements in setting the world on the right track

Almost every Sabbath, I speak to three wise men – two rabbis and another good friend of mine. One told me, “Remember, Louis, even though we see the good in people, it still pains us when they fail to also see it.” I asked, “Is it possible for us to show it to them?” “Yes,” […]

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OP-ED: ISIS bringing storm clouds of biblical proportions

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: ISIS bringing storm clouds of biblical proportions

On Sept. 30, 1938, almost an entire year before Germany invaded Poland, Neville Chamberlin, the prime minister of Great Britain, had just got back from speaking to Adolf Hitler. Journalists surrounded him as he got off the plane. He took out of his pocket a piece of paper and waved it confidently in the air. […]

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OP-ED: Don’t let the radicals sway you, Islam is a religion of peace

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Don’t let the radicals sway you, Islam is a religion of peace

Islam is a religion of peace. Let me emphasize that: Islam is a religion of peace. It’s jihad that is a religion of war and conquest. Jihad is not the Islam of today. Instead, it is a medieval ideology similar to the Crusades that occurred in the Middle East 900 years ago by the taking […]

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OP-ED: The threat of ISIS should not be overlooked

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The threat of ISIS should not be overlooked

From a historian’s perspective, June 28, 1914 – the day of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – can be argued as one of the most significant and important days of the 20th century. The event led to the eruption of World War I. On Dec. 18, 2010, one such event occurred when an individual […]

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Caught between Iraq and a caliphate

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Caught between Iraq and a caliphate

Maybe you’ve heard about this little conflict in the Middle East. A group of extremist Sunni militants called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have taken control of several Iraqi cities as well as the country’s biggest oil refinery, and, surely, they’ll be attempting to take Baghdad in the near future. The Iraqi […]

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