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Sex Outside Marriage - A Biblical View PDF Print E-mail
Written by Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D.,   
Sunday, 09 October 2005 12:56

Nowhere has Christian morality come under greater attack than in the whole area of sex outside marriage. The Biblical teaching that sex is only for marriage does not even enter the thinking of most people today. The Biblical condemnation of illicit sexual acts has become for many a license for sexual experimentation. The popular acceptance of sexual permissiveness is evidenced by the introduction and use of "softer terms." Fornication, for example, is referred to as "pre-marital sex" with the accent on the "pre" rather than on the "marital." Adultery is now called "extra-marital sex," implying an additional experience like some extra-professional activities. Homosexuality has gradually been softened from serious perversion through "deviation" to "gay variation." Pornographic literature and films are now available to "mature audiences" or "adults."

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:48
Iraq and Vietnam Wars - Comparative Analysis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert L. Fares   
Thursday, 04 August 2005 10:39

The United States has not been truly involved in a war since the Japanese surrender on August 14, 1945. However, the United States has involved itself it three sizable campaigns of "police action." These campaigns of "police action," manifest themselves in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and more recently, the Iraq War. The Iraq War and the Vietnam War hold many key similarities. Neither Vietnam nor Iraq directly attacked the United States before America launched its campaign. In both Iraq and Vietnam, the United States drastically underestimated the number of troops needed to successfully complete its objectives. Also, both wars have been characterized by the violent and oppressive relationships between American forces and foreign civilians and soldiers alike. Because the Iraq War and the Vietnam War have such key similarities, policymakers dealing with Iraq can learn pertinent lessons from the American experience in Vietnam.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:51
Confronting Terrorism - An American Prospective PDF Print E-mail
Written by M. J. Fares   
Friday, 08 July 2005 02:00

Terrorism, like communism was for so many years, is now the key threat facing America. Because America now finds itself confronted with this different and never before experienced enemy of terrorism, it must undertake new efforts to develop a long-run working policy to deal with this threat just as it developed a policy to deal with communisim. This task is one which is extremely difficult, and it is the challenge of this generation.

How this policy will take shape over the years depends on the view and perception taken of the post-Cold War world. Several proposals have been made by political thinkers regarding this issue, three of the most prominet of which are Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations, Jean Bethke Elshtian's book Just War Against Terror, and Barber's book Jihad vs. McWorld.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:49
Is The Iraq War Unjust? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael James Fares   
Wednesday, 29 June 2005 10:57

In her pre-Iraq War book Just War Against Terror, Jean Bethke Elshtain explores the concept of a "just war" and what it means for America to fight a just war against terrorism. Whilst advocating the Afghan War, Elshtain lays down characteristics of a just war one by one. The following are among the most important of these characteristics: First, a just war must be a response to a direct attack or an imminent threat. Second, a just war is a war waged only as a last resort. It is a war begun only once every kind of diplomatic action has clearly failed. Third, a war that is fought for any type of "aggrandizement" is not a just war. Fourth, the means implemented in war must correspond to the end desired; that is, the country waging the war should strive for measured justice as opposed to brutal and unbounded revenge. America's war in Iraq has been lacking in all of the above stated criteria of a just war.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:49
Khalil Hawi: A Graceful Poet from the Vineyards of Lebanon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fuad Said Haddad   
Wednesday, 15 June 2005 15:53

(Middle East Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 7, 1995)

Khalil was born in I919 in Shwayr', Lebanon. The files at the American University of Beirut indicate 1925 as his birth date. In the 'Arab Studies' magazine, No. 4, Year 21, May 1985, Dr. Michel Jeha relates that Iliya, Khalil's brother, affirms the date as 1919 while Khalil's mother mentioned 1920. The same correction is also due concerning his birth place; official documents indicate 'Shwayr'; but Khalil's brother and mother confirm that he was born in 'Huwaya', Syria, as his father was working there.

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