This is the time of the assassins in the Middle East. This is the time of the great disruption and the epic unwinding of Syria and Iraq; and for some this is the time that precedes the apocalypse. This is the time of the sectarian avengers who sprouted from a land soaked in the blood of generations of true and fake Sunni and Shiite believers. This is the time of reluctant warriors from the West, and new Crusaders coming this time, from the East, and their potential violent encounter could doom the region and beyond. This is the time of ultraviolence and swift death meted out by the barrel bombs and field artillery of the usurpers of power in the once glorious cities of Damascus and Baghdad, and by the swords of the ‘Islamic State’, ISIS, and by the bombs and missiles fired by the warplanes of foreign powers in the crowded skies of Syria and Iraq.
President Obama’s habit of harping on about America’s limits of power gives the clear impression that his America is no longer willing to be bold.Hisham Melhem
Doomed to perdition?
No sooner was the first Russian bombardment over, the world realized what many skeptics have feared: The majority of Russia’s attacks were carried out against forces fighting the Assad regime, and not against ISIS.Hisham Melhem
Machiavelli for beginners
Clearly the U.S. administration is flailing in its attempts to respond to Putin’s challenge, and over the collapse of its train-and-equip program.Hisham Melhem
The immovable object
Syria will continue to bleed and die slowly, in a region bereft of hope and salvation, while hurtling itself with breakneck speed towards the abyss.Hisham Melhem