Syria’s Grim Future

By James Legee, March 11, 2013

March marks the grim two-year anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war.  Recent figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights put the death toll at a staggering 70,000 and there are nearly 1 million refugees.  The bloody civil war has pit a loose alliance of rebels against the nation’s long seated Assad family, [...]

Teaching Hate and Seeing Violence is no Recipe for Peace

By James Legee, February 4, 2013
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For the last few years I’ve had the privilege and tremendous responsibility of working in civic education.  Teaching involves more than just facts or formulas, but an effort to shape the intellect and work to better the soul of one’s students.  My goal was never to foist my views, but to challenge students on their [...]

The UN is No Friend to Israel

By James Legee, November 28, 2012

This Thursday, Palestine hopes to achieve non-member observer state status in the United Nations General assembly.  It is likely that they will succeed. This recognition continues a trend of what can be described as at best, cold, and at worst, hostile, relations between the United Nations and Israel. Throughout the United Nation’s history, Israel has [...]

The Dream of Success: How Israel and the United States Make it Happen, Part II

By James Legee, October 30, 2012

For the first part, look here. The roots of success are found in a civil society and the rule of law.  In America and Israel, hateful speech is met not with violence, but with counter arguments, moral suasion, and sanction. Anecdotally, when swastikas began to trend on twitter, the Times of Israel held a public [...]

The Dream of Success: How Israel and the United States Make it Happen, Part I

By James Legee, October 23, 2012

We continue our series “The World Without Israel” with a two-part piece by James Legee.  Here he examines democracy’s place in Israel and the United States.  Tomorrow will conclude with an examination of the fruits of the democratic harvest. Israel and America are not mirror images.  To think so is naïve, but just as the [...]

The Substance of Hate

By James Legee, September 27, 2012
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For what is hopefully the last time, the leaders of the world at the United Nations General Assembly were unfairly forced to endure another vitriolic speech from the “President” of Iran.  I use the term President loosely, for the Iranian people suffer under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rule, despite his claims of service to the noble people [...]

The Harsh Reflections in the Mirror

By James Legee, September 19, 2012

There is an old adage, that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, a cliché meant to assuage the consciences of those who support the objectives of murderers and turn a blind eye to their means.  But are their ends any sort of freedom?  Hardly.  The terrorists Israel faces from Hamas and Hezbollah do [...]

Terrorists Are Made, Not Born

By James Legee, September 11, 2012

Israel has long lived with their own version of the horror the United States experienced in the September 11 attacks.  Operating well outside of the political process, radicals are willing to execute scores of civilians to pursue their own ideological agenda, suicide-attacking nightclubs, public transit, and firing rockets indiscriminately.  Where do these radicals come from?  [...]