The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a press conference last week, the day after President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s dispatch. The briefing seemed to deliver a hopeful message: Now that bin Laden is dead, perhaps there will be the “dawn of a new era” in the relationship of American Muslims to their fellow Americans. MPAC’s leadership was joined by a bevy of local pols who echoed the theme of “can’t we all just get along?”
Israel may have been forged 63 years ago this week in a crucible of conventional war, but it has faced a slew of enemies in the decades since who have tried to weaken, destroy or demoralize it by unconventional means. Hijackings, suicide bombers—before they played in Iraq or Europe , they opened in Israel.
In the mid-1990s, William McRaven, then a U.S. Navy SEAL, wrote a book about commando operations. Entitled "Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice" (Presidio Press), the book featured six case studies. One chapter was devoted to Entebbe, beginning with the lessons learned in the Israel Defense Forces as a whole, and in the Sayeret Matkal special operations unit in particular, after the failure to save the lives of 25 hostages in Ma'alot two years earlier. It included a discussion of Israeli intelligence gathering, decision-making processes, creation of the command and control system, personnel conflicts and the actual rescue operation in Entebbe Airport in Uganda, on July 4, 1976.
Al-Qaida has issued its first confirmation of Osama bin Laden's death in an Internet statement posted on militant websites, dispelling doubts and conspiracy theories that the Islamist leader did not actually die.
Evaluating the responses to the US action against Osama bin Laden is an important element in understanding who the West's true enemies really are. There have been four significant voices speaking out against the killing of bin Laden. The most obvious voice is that of the Taliban. The most vociferous belongs to Hamas, followed by a very significant group of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and finally, as one would expect, Iran.
Jon Stewart examines the debate over the photographic proof of Osama bin Laden's death.
Pakistan's army, in its first comment since Monday's raid, threatened to halt cooperation with its military sponsor if the U.S. repeated what it called a violation of sovereignty.
When the news of Osama bin Laden’s death at U.S. hands hit the airwaves Sunday, America breathed a collective sigh of relief. Spontaneous celebrations broke out in front of the White House, as crowds gathered to wave the Stars and Stripes and chant their delight. But how should Jews respond when an evil-doer meets his end?
U.S. President Barack Obama has decided not to release photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden dead, U.S. television networks said on Wednesday.
Hideout of Osama bin Laden, the location of his death, in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The Obama administration slammed as "outrageous" Hamas' condemnation of the killing of Osama bin Laden. "It goes without saying bin Laden was a murderer and a terrorist," Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman told reporters. "He ordered the killings of thousands of innocent men, women and children, and many of whom were Muslim."
U.S. officials were concerned that Pakistan could jeopardize the Osama bin Laden operation and "might alert the targets," CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.
President Obama on death of Osama bin Laden
" . . . The World Trade Center has been attacked more than once. Was America more popular in the eyes of the Muslim world before Sept. 11? . . "