Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Tough Times for the Arab Lobby in Washington

Lobbying firms representing autocratic Arab regimes in Washington are having a tough time. For years, they have been one of the most formidable lobbying forces in town: the elite band of former members of Congress, former diplomats and power brokers who have helped Middle Eastern nations navigate diplomatic waters here on delicate issues like arms

Anti-Semitism and Arab Democracy: Connecting the Dots

If you want to understand Israeli concerns about where the Egyptian revolution may go, Richard Cohen’s a must-read. Instead of talking about strategic issues or superficially discussing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda, Cohen connects the dots between Nazi Germany, Palestinian nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism with today’s players. Dot no. 1: “Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of

Sanctions: The People’s Choice?

If only the NY Times‘s logic would be applied to stronger measures against Iran: We were disappointed to hear Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey — the Muslim world’s leading democracy — denounce “any sanctions or interference that would mean the punishment of the Libyan people.” If Libya’s people are willing to put their lives on

The 3 Dumbest Things Written by Intellectuals Visiting Libya

I just gave a thumbs-up to Martin Kramer‘s list of the dumbest things written by Western intellectuals who did junkets to Libya. • 3d place: The shores of Tripoli by Stephen Walt http://goo.gl/pkzZu: “Libya doesn’t feel like other police states that I have visited.” • 2d place: My chat with the colonel by Anthony Giddens http://goo.gl/VCEo4:

Vogue Defends Syrian Glow Job

Max Fisher fisks Vogue’s glow job profile of the Desert Rose Syrian first lady Asma Assad. The article’s fawning treatment of the Assad family and its portrayal of the regime as tolerant and peaceful has generated surprise and outrage in much of the Washington foreign policy community, which for years has viewed Syria as one

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