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First hour: Back from the Eurasian Economic Forum in Uzbekistan, Alex Krainer says life outside the Western matrix has never been better: “In Samarkand I met three westerners who live in Russia – an American, a German and a Swiss. I asked them how life in Russia was these days in the shadow of the war in Ukraine and under heavy-handed western sanctions. All three said life was great. The American gentleman said, ‘life was never better.’ To someone living the everyday reality of the western asylum, their descriptions of life in Russia seemed almost unreal: it is a well-ordered, prosperous society, the kind that seems like a fading memory in the west.”
Second hour: James Perloff‘s “From the Arab Platoon to Hamas—Israel’s ‘Abu Nidal’ Strategy” makes a good case that historically, a fair bit of supposed “anti-Israel terrorism” was sponsored by Israel itself. Is that the case with Hamas in general, and its October 7 Al-Aqsa Storm operation in particular? I don’t think so—but am always interested in what James Perloff has to say.