Israel

Iran Ups the Stakes in Syria
Iran Ups the Stakes in Syria

For now, the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights remains the most important border in the Middle East—a veritable dam holding back the tidal wave of Iranian ambition.

“Universal Values” or Western Exceptionalism?
“Universal Values” or Western Exceptionalism?

President Trump’s purported remarks about “s—hole countries” have echoed off the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights—an echo being the usual response of a hollow institution.

Middle East Christians Miss Opportunity with Mike Pence’s Visit
Middle East Christians Miss Opportunity with Mike Pence’s Visit

Christian leaders in the Holy Land were offered a remarkable opportunity this week when Vice President Mike Pence visited. But instead of seizing this occasion and making full use of it to save their brothers and sisters, Middle East Christian leaders chose to prioritize their opposition to Israel.

Missile Defense: Insurance Against Mistakes, Miscalculation, and Madmen
Missile Defense: Insurance Against Mistakes, Miscalculation, and Madmen

As the number of missile-wielding states grows and as the nuclear club expands, the likelihood of a missile being unleashed against the American people or their allies—whether by mistake, miscalculation, or a madman—also grows. Missile defense doesn’t eliminate the danger, but it does give us a fighting chance to confront it.

Empires of Feeling and Fantasy

The Palestinian national movement is an illusory empire. Constructed on poetry and prejudice and generations of fantasy, it too must come crashing down so that it can be rebuilt, this time on a more solid basis.

We Need a Just Wall Theory
We Need a Just Wall Theory

Since it seems reasonable to spend time at cafes, take public transportation, and go shopping without the constant threat of terrorist attacks, it also seems necessary to discern and articulate some principles of a “just wall theory.”

What You Should Know About Nuclear Weapons
What You Should Know About Nuclear Weapons

The U.S. Defense Department contains an inventory of roughly 7,100 nuclear warheads. About 4,760 are active, while approximately 2,340 warheads are retired, but still intact. The retired warheads are in storage and await dismantlement. Here is what you should know about nuclear weapons:

Just Prudence: Defending Aquinas on Preemption, Prevention, & Decisiveness in War
Just Prudence: Defending Aquinas on Preemption, Prevention, & Decisiveness in War

St. Thomas Aquinas knew more than his modern emendators do about grounding his just war deliberations—and much else—in the cardinal moral virtue of prudence.

The Seventh Day & Counting: The Elusive Peace of the Six Day War
The Seventh Day and Counting: The Elusive Peace of the Six Day War

After the Six Day War, peace with the Palestinians remains the elusive piece needed to bring this century-long Israel-Palestine conflict to an end. The war reshaped the conflict, but sadly its final resolution remains somewhere over the horizon.