Provoking a Path to Persia

The Saban Center’s prescient paper on war with Iran

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
October 20, 2011

In June 2009, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy published “Which Path to Persia?—Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran.” Writing in a tone strikingly reminiscent of the Project for a New American Century’s infamous pre-9/11 paper “Rebuilding America’s Defenses,” the six co-authors noted that, “It seems highly unlikely that the United States would mount an invasion without any provocation or other buildup.” For a think tank specifically established by media mogul Haim Saban to protect Israel, this could prove to be a formidable obstacle impeding their desired march—of U.S. troops—to Tehran.

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Max Puts the Boot into Pakistan

Pro-Israeli hawk urges U.S. to “get tough” with sole Islamic nuclear power

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
October 7, 2011

While much attention has been paid to Admiral Mike Mullen’s allegations that Pakistan’s ISI was behind recent attacks on American targets in Afghanistan attributed to the Haqqani network, the subsequent call by an influential neoconservative pundit for the United States to “get tough with Pakistan” seems to have gone unnoticed.

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An Ill Wind From Norway

How Andrew Breivik Has Helped Assuage Abe Foxman’s Internet Nightmares

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
September 21, 2011

“‘Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,” wrote Christopher Bullock almost three centuries ago in his comedic farce, The Cobler of Preston. If he were writing today, however, the English playwright might consider adding a third certainty: No matter where or when an act of terrorism occurs, it won’t be long before Abe Foxman interprets it as a “reminder” of the dangers of not heeding the Anti-Defamation League’s relentless dire warnings about hate-inspired extremism.

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Exploiting Norway’s Terror

Mr. and Mrs. Sikorski’s War on “Dangerous Emotions”

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
August 29, 2011

In the wake of any major terrorist event, it’s generally worth noting who is especially quick off the mark to exploit the tragedy.

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If Arab Spring threatens Israel, why does Saban support it?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” When it comes to what’s been dubbed the “Arab Spring,” most Middle East analysts pass Fitzgerald’s test with flying colours.

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Unravelling Breivik’s Belarus Connection

Was Norwegian killer trained by oligarch-linked group?

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
August 17, 2011

Citing unnamed sources within Belarus’s “security organs,” a Belarusian opposition leader has claimed that Norwegian anti-Muslim extremist Anders Behring Breivik “underwent paramilitary training in Belarus.” Mikhail Reshetnikov, the head of the opposition Belarusian Party of Patriots, told the Russian Gazeta.ru online newspaper, “Breivik visited Belarus several times. This spring, as part of his preparations for his twin attacks, he visited Minsk, where he underwent training at a secret paramilitary field camp.” According to Reshetnikov, Breivik’s training under a former Belarusian special service officer included “sabotage-terrorism drills.” The Norwegian visitor, he added, was known to the Belarusian KGB by the codename “Viking.”

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Adam, Get Their Guns

How al-Qaeda’s spokesman advances the Israel lobby’s gun control agenda

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
June 29, 2011

On June 3, in an al-Qaeda video rather loftily titled “You Are Held Responsible Only for Thyself,” al-Qaeda’s California-born spokesman, Adam Gadahn, urged followers to commit violent acts of jihad by exploiting alleged weaknesses in U.S. gun laws and the gun background check system. “America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” he said. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check and, most likely, without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”

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