President Obama gave vent yesterday to an uncharacteristic show of emotion over the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley by the militant jihadi group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He denounced the group as a "cancer" in the region and accused it of rampaging "across cities and villages, killing unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence" as it seized a third of Syria and Iraq.
The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster should have been a wake-up call for Vladimir Putin. It wasn't. Instead of decreasing aid for pro-Russian separatists who almost certainly shot the plane down with a Russian missile, Putin is upping the ante. While denying any responsibility for the 298 dead, he is sending additional troops to the Ukrainian border and preparing to send more deadly weapons to the separatists.
Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.