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Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Columns by Clifford D. May

Middle Eastern history and Hamas supporters' ignorance illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hamas supporters’ ignorance is appalling

Veteran newsman Brit Hume noted over the weekend that he's been watching interviews with students participating in pro-Palestinian demonstrations and has found them "truly discouraging." Published November 14, 2023

Hamas war against Israel and Western civilization illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Hamas vs. Western civilization

"Hey hey, ho ho, Western Civ has got to go." That chant, frequently heard on American college campuses in the 1980s, protested courses on Greece, Rome, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. Published November 7, 2023

Illustration on the war on the Jews by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Iran is globalizing second war against the Jews

World War II was also "The War Against the Jews." But the Nazis took pains to conceal the fact that their goal was the extermination of Europe's Jewish communities. Published October 31, 2023

Israeli soldiers are seen in a staging ground near the Israeli Gaza border, southern Israel, Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. The militant Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip carried out an unprecedented, multi-front attack on Israel at daybreak Saturday, firing thousands of rockets as dozens of Hamas fighters infiltrated the heavily fortified border in several locations, killing hundreds and taking captives. Palestinian health officials reported scores of deaths from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Hamas terrorists’ 21st-century pogrom

More than a thousand Hamas terrorists invaded Israel from Gaza over the weekend. They slaughtered farmers on their kibbutzim, massacred teenagers attending an outdoor concert, desecrated the bodies of raped and murdered women, and stole children from their homes. Published October 9, 2023

Illustration on Chinese, Russian and Islamist imperialism in Africa by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Imperialism returns to Africa

It was called the "scramble for Africa." In the 19th century, European empires carved the continent into colonies they could exploit. Published September 5, 2023

Illustration on the Platinum Anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Seventy years ago, the Korean War didn’t quite end

May I remind you what a hellhole North Korea is? The Democratic People's Republic of Korea -- that's its official and fraudulent name -- is a dynastic totalitarian dictatorship. Published August 1, 2023

Illustration on John Kerry's recent visit to China by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Kerry got the cold shoulder in Beijing

In 2021, John Kerry was appointed to a position no American had ever before held: U.S. special presidential envoy for climate. Mr. Kerry's one essential mission has failed. Published July 25, 2023