Alexander Carlile

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Iran’s acid attacks on women

In Iran’s Isfahan province, protesters gathered in the streets late last month to decry a series of attacks in which women were badly burned with acid. The attackers are presumed to have used the Islamic principle of “enjoining good and forbidding wrong” as a pretense for the attacks, modeling their actions on those of Iran’s Basij militias and Ansar e-Hezbollah.

During the protest, demonstrators chanted that Iran’s acid attackers are more vicious than the Islamic State. They understand something that the Obama administration seems not to: A narrow focus on defeating and destroying the Islamic State does little to address the broader problem of militant fundamentalism in the Middle East.…  Seguir leyendo »