French Brother, Human Brother

I am sad for France of course, for the journalists and the others who died. But mainly I am sad for mankind. For the person who got shot, but also for him who fired.

Born from the Gaze of God

Written before he and seven fellow monks were kidnapped and beheaded in 1996, this personal journal reflects story of Algeria in crisis and courageous spirituality.

Last Word: Room for Both?

A low voice emerged: “Welcome to my home. Please, sit.” My host and I shook hands, and I took the chair opposite. I remember the details because he was a terrorist.

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

Ancient religions that have survived centuries are often the most persecuted: Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians, Druze, Samaritans, Copts, and the Kalasha.

The Case Against Intervention

Recent evidence suggests that if we intervene in Syria, we are less likely to end the suffering than to compound it, stretching the killing out over decades.

Obama, Beyond the Sound Bite

The president has reason to be frustrated that one sentence ripped out of context can paint a picture of a directionless approach to the world.
A stone marking the boundary between Alsace-Lorraine and France after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71

Why We Fight

If revanchism seems far-fetched, even old-fashioned, consider the passions at work today in familiar trouble spots.
Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq, Aug. 6

Reluctant Rescue

Does the threat of ISIS justify expanding military involvement in Iraq? Obama faces a decision he set out to avoid.

Defensive Secretary

Gates saw himself as a manager working to get things done. But managerial skills used in the service of getting the wrong things done is of little help to anybody.

Getting On with It

If you doubt the cost of indulging in political pieties rather than political organizing, compare the influence of Occupy Wall Street with the Tea Party.

Self Help

A fear that the United States not only has decisively lost its power in the region, but is also responsible for why everything seems to be going wrong.

American Innocence

'The Irony of American History' shines a klieg light on the so-called war on terror and the current debate over the operations of our “national security state."
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