PunditWire readers may recall my analysis of the intellectually and technically unsatisfactory speech by President Obama in Cairo. Now we have the first major overseas speech given by President Trump, delivered in Saudi Arabia at the heart of the ‘Islamic World’. How did he do?
Current calls to prosecute the 47 Republican senators who signed the “Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” under the Logan Act are just so much hot air.
The Logan Act reads as follows: “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
So where are we in the Iran narrative?
I mean no disrespect to the victims of Iran’s terrorist clients, or the existential fears of Israelis and world Jewry, or U.S. security interests in the Middle East by calling it a narrative. Real events do happen in the real world, but people can’t help trying to fit them into larger stories. We love to connect the dots. Storytelling isn’t some atavistic remnant of our pre-scientific past; it’s how our brains are hardwired. Continue reading Iran No-Spoiler Alert
War should always be detestable; too awful to consider as anything but a last desperate resort. But the end of any war, and the people who fought it, should be celebrated and remembered. Continue reading When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Unless a growing international outcry deters the machinations of the Iranian government, a Christian pastor may be hanged for his faith.
Yousef Nadarkhani was convicted of apostasy last November and sentenced to death. Nadarkhani, an Iranian national who became a Christian at age 19, appealed the sentence, arguing that he had never been a practicing Muslim prior to his conversion. Continue reading A Noose for a Pastor?