IMPERIAL ECHOES AND CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The old adage under Atatürk was zero problems with the neighbors; now the adage is zero neighbors without problems. You would be hard pressed to find a current member of the U.S. military who remembers a time in their service when the United States wasn’t involved in conflict in the Middle East. Forty years ago this […]

LIBERATION FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE LIBERATED (ON WRITING)

If you go into reading history with an open mind what you’re looking for is to be surprised; you’re looking for things that tell you something you didn’t know. The liberation of an oppressed people is indeed a noble venture. But as the U.S. learned in Iraq, it’s a complicated relationship between the liberated and […]