Here are the Blogs in the Louis Rene Beres category.
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Monday, 13 February 2017
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blog preview image by Louis René Beres “Should the enemy make a mistake, our roaring missiles will rain down on them.” – IRGC Iran Air Force Commander, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Feb. 4, 2017 When all pertinent factors are taken into account, U.S. President Donald Trump could sometime undertake more-or-less ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2017 8:11 AM by Louis Rene Beres
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017
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blog preview image by Louis René Beres Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon More than ever before, Israel cannot rely upon diplomacy to meet its core security needs. Above all, Israel must soon prepare to suitably modify “deliberate nuclear ambiguity,” by offering increasingly precise calculations of timing, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2017 5:42 AM by Louis Rene Beres
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Thursday, 26 January 2017
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blog preview image by Louis René Beres “For by wise counsel, thou shalt make thy war.” (Proverbs) President Trump comes into office with a clear determination to “win” all ongoing and future American wars. Nothing unusual about this. After all, such determination seems plainly ordinary, traditional, even indisputable. Upon ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/26/2017 7:25 AM by Louis Rene Beres
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017
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blog preview image by Louis René Beres The Memorial Wall at Yad Vashem – the Wall of Holocaust and Heroism – has four separate sections, ranging (and rising) from the Shoah to Rebirth. Designed by Naftali Bezem, it directs us purposefully from an inferno, in which even the holy has been profaned, to the blessedly ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/24/2017 5:22 AM by Louis Rene Beres
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Saturday, 11 June 2016
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by Louis René Beres Taken by itself, the election of the next American president, Democrat or Republican, will have little or no discernible impact on Middle Eastern chaos. To make any meaningful difference to this still-expanding problem, American decision-makers would first need to look behind ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/11/2016 8:47 AM by Louis Rene Beres
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Monday, 9 May 2016
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“Do you know what it means to find yourselves face to face with a madman?” inquires Luigi Pirandello’s, Henry IV. “Madmen, luck folk, construct without logic, or rather with a logic that flies like a feather.” In the absurd theatre of modern world politics, decisions based on logic can quickly crumble ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/09/2016 6:41 AM by Louis Rene Beres
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Thursday, 14 April 2016
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"Our enemy is the unphilosophical spirit which knows nothing, and wants to know nothing, of truth." (Karl Jaspers, Reason and Anti-Reason in our Time (1952)) At some point, even our flagrantly unphilosophical American presidential contest will need to include some tangible substance. Then, among ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/14/2016 7:03 AM by Louis Rene Beres
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Friday, 8 April 2016
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At his recent Washington summit on nuclear security, President Barack Obama correctly identified the looming threat of nuclear terrorism.[1] Nonetheless, the president continues to believe that he can simultaneously oppose Islamic radicalism and support Palestinian statehood. Such an ironic belief, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/08/2016 12:40 PM by Louis Rene Beres
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Thursday, 17 December 2015
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To be sure, although the Soviet Union is long gone, a new Cold War is steadily emerging between the United States and Russia. For Israel, a beleaguered mini-state now seeking to survive amid unprecedented regional chaos, this return of superpower rivalry could signal either a substantial crisis of instability, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2015 5:41 AM by Louis René Beres
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Thursday, 5 November 2015
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Once upon a time, Ralph Waldo Emerson called sensibly upon Americans to embrace "plain living and high thinking." Conspicuously, this earlier call for an enhanced personal and social equilibrium has been cast aside. Today, there is no longer any pretense of a serious intellectual life in these United ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2015 3:57 AM by Louis René Beres
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Friday, 23 October 2015
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Even as growing numbers of Palestinian terrorists stab madly at Israeli men, women, and children, much of the world still endorses creation of "Palestine." Such mindless support continues, moreover, despite the fact that the Palestinians themselves reject any sort of two-state solution. Indeed, the ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2015 2:10 PM by Louis René Beres
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
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A core principle of all civilized legal systems - one reaffirmed very explicitly at Nuremberg, during the major post-war trial of Nazi war criminals - is Nullum crimen sine poena, or,  "No crime without a punishment." Today, oddly enough, as growing numbers of Palestinian terrorists search eagerly for ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/21/2015 7:25 AM by Louis René Beres
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Saturday, 17 October 2015
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Even as growing numbers of Palestinian terrorists stab lasciviously at defenseless Israeli civilians, the world still obligingly urges creation of a Palestinian state. These unfathomable urgings, based entirely on the conspicuously false narrative of an Israeli "occupation," also elicit unreasonable ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2015 5:35 AM by Louis René Beres
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Sunday, 11 October 2015
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How will Russia respond to any ramped up American uses of force in the Middle East, and, more plausibly, vice-versa?  One must assume that Jerusalem is already asking these key questions, and even wondering whether, in part, greater mutualities of interest could sometime exist with Moscow than with ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/11/2015 3:45 PM by Louis René Beres
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Sunday, 11 October 2015
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To fashion a functional nuclear strategy would be difficult for any state in world politics, but it could be especially challenging for one that keeps its bomb more-or-less securely "in the basement." Now, as the Middle East descends into an ever more palpable chaos,[1]  Israel will have to make certain ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/11/2015 8:06 AM by Louis René Beres
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Saturday, 3 October 2015
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by Louis René Beres (October 2015) In world politics, preserving order has an understandably sacramental function. The reason is plain. Without minimum public order, planetary relations would descend rapidly and perhaps irremediably into a “profane” disharmony. It has happened before, since ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/03/2015 8:27 AM by Louis René Beres
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015
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See my paper delivered to the Herzliya Conference here....Read More...
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Posted on 09/16/2015 11:39 AM by Louis René Beres
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Monday, 14 September 2015
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It has been a long and sad evolution. Once upon a time, especially in the earliest days of our republic, presidents were at least presumptively learned. Arguably, Thomas Jefferson, who had based his Declaration of Independence on a genuinely intimate familiarity with Locke, Vattel, Hobbes, Grotius, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/14/2015 2:42 PM by Louis René Beres
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Thursday, 10 September 2015
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There exist major jurisprudential flaws in the new Iran nuclear agreement, still-hidden legal shortcomings that President Obama and Secretary John Kerry have yet to acknowledge. The associated risks have most to do with permitting Iran to enrich uranium after 15 years. Indeed, this stunningly ironic ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/10/2015 2:26 PM by Louis René Beres
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015
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In core matters of war and peace, timing is everything. For Israel, now cheerlessly confirmed in its long-held view that U.S.-led diplomacy with Iran was misconceived, future strategic options should be determined with great care. In essence, this means that the beleaguered mini-state’s nuclear policies, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/08/2015 7:22 AM by Louis René Beres
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Thursday, 3 September 2015
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The new Iran agreement has already been widely criticized on military or strategic grounds. For the most part, these critiques have been right on the mark. After all, there is little doubt that the proposed pact — allegedly designed to prevent Iranian nuclearization — would effectively render Iranian ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/03/2015 11:58 AM by Louis René Beres
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015
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by Louis René Beres with Leon (Bud) Edney To be sure, following careful assessments of the new Iran agreement, Israel's prime minister will need to make an 11th-hour decision on preemption. In principle, at least, considering any such defensive first strike against Iranian nuclear assets and infrastructures ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/14/2015 12:56 PM by Louis René Beres
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Thursday, 9 July 2015
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"The safety of the People Shall be the highest law." (Cicero, De Legibus[1])   There is little point to any further discussions about preventing a nuclear Iran by diplomacy. Such a narrowly jurisprudential approach was destined to fail from the start. All that has really happened, in the inherently ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2015 9:44 AM by Louis René Beres
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015
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Now, facing an effectively unobstructed nuclear threat from Iran, Israel will need to choose prudently from among available strategic options. The most starkly polar of these choices would be (1) a "last minute" preemption using only conventional forces, or (2) a protracted and presumptively stable ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/16/2015 8:30 AM by Louis René Beres
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015
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To best serve Israel, the country’s strategic studies community should favor more conceptual or “molecular” assessments of expected security perils. Going forward therefore, it will not suffice for this community to operate in ways that are roughly comparable to the purely reportorial activities of ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2015 6:59 AM by Louis René Beres
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