Monthly Archives: January 2023

The Danger to Israel Comes from Within

P.J. Vakiotis , a famed Greek-American Middle East scholar, in a talk to students  in the  late 60’s at the American University of Beirut opined that the enmity between the Arab Staes and Israel was not only beneficial but necessary … Continue reading

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The Mirage of Successful Counterinsurgency in the Middle East

From my research over the years is that the only successful counterinsurgency conducted by a Western power in the Middle East was by the Italians in Libya.1  See Vincere, The Italian Royal Army  Counterinsurgency 1922-1940 ( Federica  Saini Fasonatti.)The Italian … Continue reading

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My Paper At the ASMEA conference November 2022

Counterinsurgency in the Greater Middle East: The Russian Tar Baby   According to my father[1], a Russian born in Vitebsk, the son of an officer in the Czar’s army, the Russian soldier is the best soldier materiel in the world. … Continue reading

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Libya. The Fake Nation

I have been reading an excellent book detailing the fratricide going on for years in  Libya , The Burning Shores, lauded by many movers and shakers in the Washington Middle East policy and scholarly establishment. I certainly appreciate the courage … Continue reading

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