News and Analysis (7/19/12)

“We can look to the people in the middle or far east or in the middle of Africa saying to them ‘America is the role model. Try to learn from us in America'” — Imam Ossama Bahlou

The challenges facing the liberal winners of Libya’s elections are enormous …

… but if the test of whether a party is ready for democracy is not whether it is prepared to win but prepared to lose, Libya’s Islamists have met the challenge:

“Jordan … says it is following a path similar to Morocco, whose king responded to demands for change with more open elections that brought to power a government now led by Islamists, while reserving vast powers for the monarchy”:

China and Russia continue to veto sanctions as the Syrian civil war continues to escalate after a suicide bombing kills two high Syrian officials:

“According to reports, more than 20,000 Muslims have been killed only this month in Myanmar by police, army and Buddhist extremists”:

The “assassination of two top government officials in Damascus raises the stakes of Syria’s conflict yet again. Will the UN vote to continue its observer mission, or give it more teeth?”

Israeli accusations that Iran and Hezbollah are responsible for the suicide bomber’s murder of Israeli civiliansseems calculated to “escalate  the tension”:

“[T]he Taliban said they carried out the attack, which officials say is the first of its kind in northern Afghanistan … in the same province where well-known Afghan politician Ahmad Khan Samangani was killed in a suicide attack on Saturday while attending his daughter’s wedding”:

McCain repudiates Michelle Bachmann’s fronting for Frank Gaffney’s unrelenting anti-Muslim crusade saying  “these allegations about Huma and the report from which they are drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack” that ” have no logic, no basis and no merit”:

Leave a Reply