October 22, 2019

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Sisyphus Dreams Again

October 2, 2019 Richard Landes

http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2019/10/02/sisyphus-dreams-again/It’s the never-dying fantasy of peace at hand… this time from Susana Terstal, the EU’s Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process. HT Moshe Dann, who claims even normally sane people find this compelling. PEACE NEEDS INTERNATIONAL LAW AND POLITICAL WILL BY SUSANA TERSTAL  SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 21:35 […]

Caliphaters: A 21st Century Millennial Movement

September 18, 2019 Richard Landes

http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2019/09/18/caliphaters-a-21st-century-millennial-movement/CRichard Landes The following article was published by MERIA: Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer 2017). For some reason it is not available at that site, so I post it here. F Caliphater: one who believes that in our day, Islam will triumph over all other […]

On PA’s alleged changes to PLO’s charter (from my ms)

July 8, 2019 Richard Landes

http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2019/07/08/on-pas-alleged-changes-to-plos-charter-from-my-ms/The following is from my ms They’re so Smart cause We’re so Stupid, in response to a tweet from Daniel Rubenstein.  It follows a discussion of Arafat’s Hudaybiyya speech. This Muslim outcry essentially forbade infidel critics from examining evidence relevant to their pressing concerns. Instead, peace enthusiasts viewed Arafat and the Palestinian leadership, as they themselves insisted they were in English, as full-fledged […]

Mike Waller on President Bush’s Post-9/11 Speech

June 12, 2019 Richard Landes

http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2019/06/12/mike-waller-on-president-bushs-post-9-11-speech/Christine Brim, having read my section on George Bush’s Speech of September 17, 2001 at the Islamic Center in Washington DC, sent it to a White House insider at the time, Mike Waller. He has given me permission to post his response which appears below. Let me walk you through this entire process, because I was in the middle of it as an observer at the time. Rather than say it verbally, let me put […]

J. Michael Waller on President Bush’s Post-9/11 Speech

June 12, 2019 Richard Landes

http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2019/06/12/j-michael-waller-on-president-bushs-post-9-11-speech/Christine Brim, having read my section on George Bush’s Speech of September 17, 2001 at the Islamic Center in Washington DC, sent it to a White House insider at the time, J. Michael Waller. He has given me permission to post his response which appears below. I have not had the chance to verify some of the details, and welcome any challenges or verifications from readers. Let me walk you through this entire process, because I was in the middle of it as an observer at […]

Hamid on Palestinian Dignity: Getting it Exactly Wrong

June 6, 2019 Richard Landes

http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2019/06/06/hamid-on-palestinian-dignity-getting-it-exactly-wrong/A twitter friend pointed to this article by Shadi Hamid, suggesting it was “worth a read.” Rather than answer him on twitter, I thought it “worth a fisk,” because the essay is so quintessentially illustrative […]

The Moebius Strip of Opposing Cognitive Egocentrism

April 11, 2019 Richard Landes

http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2019/04/11/the-moebius-strip-of-opposing-cognitive-egocentrism/The following is from Part II, chapter 3 of my book: They’re so Smart cause we’re so Stupid: A Medievalist’s Guide to the 21st Century. I post in here to help a friend addressing the cognitive egocentrism cum supersessionism of the Anglican Church. Cognitive Egocentrism In the late 60s, psychologist David Elkind published his findings of adolescent boys and […]

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