Indians and Pakistanis unite in their demand: ‘We want war! We want war!’

Drums of war are beating loudly!! In response to a small but brutal skirmish on the India–Pakistan border, ordinary people on both sides of the border are making emotional appeals to go to war.

Let us place the morality of such actions aside for the time being; a large concern about this is that it appears we are not ready to learn anything from history.… [Read more]

Talking to the Afghan Insurgents: A Step Forward?

With news of a possible step forward in Afghan peace negotiations after the release of Taliban-affiliated prisoners, one can’t help but ask—is the possible normalization of relations between the West and various Afghan insurgent groups truly a step towards further human progress?

The term “moderate” is often bandied about in various articles and news reports when talking about Afghan peace negotiations.… [Read more]

Malala Yousafzai – The Child Whose Faith Defeated Death

Malala Yousafzai – a teenage girl from the militant-infested district of Swat, Khyber Pakhtukhaw, Pakistan – is not just another victim of Taliban aggression; she is an icon, a symbol of courage that has shown the world what true power really means.

Shot at point-blank range by armed gunmen in her native town in Swat while she was returning from school on October 8, 2012, Malala’s survival was no less than a miracle.… [Read more]

The Real Story of Heroin and the Middle East

Most everyone is aware that heroin is a problem in the Middle East. However, not everyone realizes that the Middle East produces more of the drug than any other place on Earth, or that the market there is run mostly by the Taliban and Al Qaeda (different organizations with similar goals who compete for these ends) — which is a major source of income for both sides.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 1: Yippie Ki Yay

On May 1, 2012 President Barack Obama announced a new agreement between the United States and Afghanistan at Bagram Air Force Base. The President outlined a fairly modest exit strategy in which he confirmed the departure of 23,000 American combat troops by 2014, emphasized the training of 352,000 Afghani soldiers by U.S. personnel, and committed both American military and financial support to Afghanistan over the next decade.… [Read more]