Progress never comes without cost

It's never a good idea to extrapolate a trend from just a couple of data points, but the downing of Kogalymavia Flight 9832 a couple of weeks ago and the Paris attack on Friday (assuming that ISIS was behind both) may illustrate a shift in ISIS's tactics away from insurgent warfare and toward international terrorism. … Continue reading Progress never comes without cost

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Iran Hostage Crisis begins (1979)

When a group of Iranian students from an organization called “Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line,” on their own volition though possibly with the approval of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, stormed the American embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, and took 66 US citizens hostage, I doubt anybody involved fully realized what was about … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Iran Hostage Crisis begins (1979)