Shibley Telhami

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Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland and director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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Mohammed bin Salman

Mohammed bin Salman, Son of the Iraq War

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.

Two things come together this week that highlight the deep connection between today’s Saudi policies and the 2003 Iraq War: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits Washington as the town commemorates the 15th anniversary of that disastrous conflict. The connection may be deeper than many acknowledge.

Terrorism

Thoughts After the Las Vegas Shootings: Is ‘Terrorism’ More Morally Objectionable Than Other Forms of Mass Killings?

Is the Las Vegas mass murderer a “terrorist”? This question has been hotly debated in recent days, which is in many ways surprising given that there is a near consensus on a straightforward definition of terrorism—roughly, as targeting noncombatants for political ends. One obvious reason for this debate is our society’s obsession with terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. Many, including our commander in chief, seem to leap to label horror against civilians “terrorism” as soon as it’s revealed that the attacker is Muslim and before anything has been confirmed about motives.