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Syria’s Graphic Beheading Videos

by Raymond Ibrahim // FrontPage Magazine

Based on a widely circulated video and statements from the Vatican, it was believed that Fr. Francois Murad, a Catholic Syrian priest, was recently beheaded in Syria.

It was not long before others “vigorously denied” the story, saying that the Christian priest was actually shot dead.  And now that’s fast become the “big” news.  For example, according to the Telegraph, “The footage, said to show Father Francois Murad, 49, as the victim in a brutal summary execution by foreign jihadists is likely to be an older video that bares no relation to the death of the Catholic priest. Father Murad ‘died when he was shot inside his church’ in the northern Syrian Christian village of Ghassaniyeh on June 23, three separate local sources, who did not wish to be named, told the Telegraph.” Read more →

A Brief History of Media Bias

Who said that newspapers are supposed to report the news in an objective and fact-based way?

by Bruce S. Thornton

Defining Ideas

The revelation that the Department of Justice acquired and read the phone records of Associated Press editors and reporters does not change the obvious fact that the mainstream media have been reliable supporters of the Democratic Party, even if they are unappreciated by the administration. Read more →

Where’s the Patriotic Wrath Over Benghazi?

by Bruce S. Thornton

FrontPageMag.com

Remember Benghazi? Read more →

The President Won–Sort Of

The administration spent the last six months of the campaign in cover-up mode.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

On September 11, 2012, Barack Obama was 1 point ahead of Mitt Romney in the ABC and Washington Post polls. Read more →

Obama’s Second-Term Embarrassments

“Hope and change” is looking like the 1973 Nixon White House.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he ran to the left of Hillary Clinton as a moral reformer. Read more →

Terrorism as Therapy

The Obama administration is intent on downplaying the Islamic roots of contemporary terrorism.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

One common theme emerges from the hearings over the Benghazi disaster: The Obama administration is intent on downplaying the Islamic roots of terrorists who harbor an existential hatred of the West. Read more →

Neither, Secretary Clinton

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

Hillary Clinton’s now infamous second question that followed, “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d go kill some Americans?” Read more →

Is Benghazi Becoming a Watergate, or Iran-Contra, or Both?

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

Benghazi cannot be dismissed with “long ago” or “what difference does it make” exasperation, given it may have the cover-up and civil-liberties aspects of Watergate and the weapon-transfers and foreign-policy implications of Iran-Contra. Read more →

The Obama Borg

How “man-caused disasters” replaced Islamist terrorism in the Obama lexicon.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In Star Trek lore, the Borg was a collective of servile drone operatives that sought to assimilate other species into its “hive mind.” Read more →

The Paradoxes of the Boston Bombings

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Al-Qaedism

A certain American (or for that matter Westernized) resident or citizen — usually male, almost always young, born a Muslim, prone to guilt over temporary secularization or Westernization, as often (or more so) from Pakistan, a Russian Islamic province, the Balkans, Iran, the Philippines, or Africa as from the Arab Middle East, usually failing in American society, always absorbed within American popular culture and guilty over such absorption — at some moment channels his own sense of failure into radical Islam. Read more →

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