By: Robert C. O'Brien
As American warplanes return to Iraq to bomb ISIS targets today, it is clear that it has not been a good year for freedom. Islamist, bent on genocide against religious minorities, established a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria. They now menace Lebanon and Kurdistan.
Vladimir Putin invaded and annexed Crimea; the first territorial conquest by force in Europe since World War II. Ukraine remains in peril. The Baltics, Georgia and Moldova wonder if their turn is next. China claims almost the entire South China Sea and plans to dot the Paracels and Spratlys with airstrips, lighthouses and oil rigs. In the East China Sea, Beijing is in a dangerous standoff with Japan as it seeks to wrest the Senkakus away from Tokyo.