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By Timothy Furnish, The Stream, February 13, 2023

Timothy Furnish holds a Ph.D. in Islamic, World and African history from Ohio State University and a M.A. in Theology from Concordia Seminary. He is a former U.S. Army Arabic linguist and, later, civilian consultant to U.S. Special Operations Command. …


Timothy FurnishI grew up during the Cold War. Ronald Reagan is one of my heroes, for winning it. Unlike some, I’ve never had a “liberal” phase, but have always been conservative — both politically and theologically. What are the odds, then, that I’d find myself agreeing with Noam Chomsky? Yet, here we are. That prominent socialist-libertarian approves of Benjamin Abelow’s new book, How the West Brought War to Ukraine. And so do I.

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The subtitle of this short (88 pages total, 62 pages of text) work is Understanding How U.S. and NATO Policies Led to Crisis, War, and the Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe. Forget about ginned-up threats like climate change, or fictional ones like fungus-addled zombies. Be afraid, be very afraid, of the country with the world’s largest nuclear arsenal feeling backed into a corner. For that’s what the West, mainly the U.S.A., has done to Russia, according to Dr. Benjamin Abelow. He explains how this happened — and why. With a B.A. in European history (UPenn) and an M.D. (Yale), he is clearly intelligent and has the requisite background to cover the topic, if not quite on an expert’s level. …

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