News and Analysis (8/25/12)

An IR prof explains why two powerful arguments for intervention in Syria, “that the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe befalling the Syrian people mandates international action” and that “[s]upporting the just and winning cause of the Syrian rebels will put the United States in good standing with the regime that emerges from the conflict” are both wrong:

Our legacy in Libya; a student eyewitness reports that “a large group” handing out Wahhabi literature “are the one with the bulldozers, and some military police are also present. They seem to be overseeing the process, rather than preventing it… There are some bystanders who seem to approve”:

Lessons of the Breivik affair: “[S]ince 1995 extremists on the far right have perpetrated 56% of domestic terrorism attacks in the United States … compared with 12% carried out by radical Muslims. The likes of Breivik, Timothy McVeigh and Wade Michael Page have been responsible for the majority of terrorist incidents in 13 of the [past] 17 years”:

“It is certainly a sobering thought that the Trust would have put in place a ‘Do not resuscitate’ order if the family had not have challenged their stance through the legal system”:

Miffed that the Iranians have invited the winners of the most recent Palestinian election, “President Mahmoud Abbas will not participate at the summit of non-aligned nations in Iran at the end of the month if Hamas also attends”:

Beyond the partisan divide on American perception of Muslims is a generational divide:

Only about 2,000 people joined the demonstrations organized in part by opposition parties, as many liberals stayed home;  “Respectable democratic countries elect a leader and then give him time to prove himself,” said one wait-and-see Egyptian. “We must give Mursi a chance because he won the election. We can vote him out again next time”:

“Badruddin Haqqani has been described as a senior operational commander with the Haqqani network – masterminding and directing ambitious attacks on high-profile targets. He was also responsible for training camps, and for extorting funds from contractors”:

Syrian civil war spillover into Lebanon continues:

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