Sunday Headlines

Copenhagen: Latest European Capital To Experience Terror Attack
In two separate incidents on Saturday, the Danish people came to experience the same horror and fear of their European counterparts in Paris, London and Madrid.

“As a nation, we have experienced a series of hours we will never forget. We have tasted the ugly taste of fear and powerlessness that terror would like to create. But we have also, as a society, answered back,” Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Sunday, reports The New York Times.

During a Saturday a free-speech event that was attended by Swedish satirical cartoonist Lars Vilks, who drew a 2007 cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog, was the target of an attack that began when a gunman with an automatic weapon killed one person and wounded three police officers.

The gunman was believed to have been killed in a shoot-out on Sunday.

Sources said the guard was Jewish, which was notable because, hours later, shots were fired at a synagogue about a half hour’s walk from the cafe. A man guarding the synagogue was shot in the head and died later. Two police officers were wounded.

While Vilks was certainly a target, the attacks were also anti-Semitic in nature, and the suspect had been on the radar of authorities for some time, according to the Times of Israel.

The man “may have been inspired by the events that took place in Paris a few weeks ago,” Jens Madsen from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) told reporters.

That has resulted in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling for a mass “immigration” of Jews to Israel.

What If The Post-WWI Lines Had Been Drawn Differently
There are some who make the case that the Middle East would have escaped decades of conflict had each of the region’s peoples achieved independence after World War I.

Terek Osman, the author of Egypt on the Brink, contends that the post-war boundaries drawn by Britain’s Mark Sykes and Frenchman Francois Georges-Picot in 1916 have resulted in instability which survives to this day.

While Arabs were promised independence after the war, the failure of negotiators to live up to their word and the continued rule by colonial powers, he argued in 2013, resulted in the goal of Arab politicians shifting from “from building liberal constitutional governance systems (as Egypt, Syria, and Iraq had witnessed in the early decades of the 20th Century) to assertive nationalism whose main objective was getting rid of the colonialists and the ruling systems that worked with them.”

He continues, “This was a key factor behind the rise of the militarist regimes that had come to dominate many Arab countries from the 1950s until the 2011 Arab uprisings.”

But Nick Danforth of the Atlantic suggests rewriting history is not that simple.

“But as the King-Crane Commission discovered back in 1919, ethnic and religious groups almost never divide themselves into discrete units. Nor do the members of each group necessarily share a vision of how they wish to be governed,” he says.

Can Obama Elude The Mistakes Of Carter, Ford In Cuba?
Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell, the director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami, examines the direction the Obama administration’s policy should go in order to avoid losing Cuba as his predecessors did.

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