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In 1938, the leaders of Europe got together in Munich to, for all intents and purposes, give Czechoslovakia to Germany in exchange for peace in the region. Given the recent events in the Middle East, it quite appears that Israel — though well—intentioned — has performed the... More
The New York Times has announced that the entire world is outraged at Israel's behavior in bombing Qana. So it must be true. Or is it?
Nothing is more heartrending than the suffering of children. Emotionally we all want to put the blame on the bombs, the bombers, and those... More
How could it happen? In Seattle, of all places, a city of moderation and diversity? On Friday, July 28, a man barged into the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. It is alleged that, armed with two handguns, Naveed Afzal Haq, 30, killed one woman and wounded... More
Embedded in Islamist ideology is the idea of using innocents as tools of war. It is their most effective weapon.
The idea that killing innocents — children, non—combatants —— is moral and desired by God is embedded in the Quran. Islam has elaborate legalistic... More
When Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr., I seem to recall a
Sonia Gandhi's softness towards Islamic Fundamentalists runs the risk of making India an attractive destination for the Jihadis. ...Sonia Gandhi, though not officially a member of the government has the responsibility for keeping the ruling coalition afloat. Her principal coalition... More
'Dear, dirty Dublin,' James Joyce infamously maligned the capital of his native country, Ireland and, while it's still dear in many ways, his city and his country have come a very long way. More than a quarter century ago, inspired by Alex Haley's
Will Israel pull the rabbit out of the hat again?
We have come to expect near—miracles from the Israeli armed forces. From the hair—raising battles of the War of Independence to the destruction of Saddam's nuclear program in 1981, Israel has usually delivered more than... More
Recently, James Lewis posited that Israel's should the use the tactics of Gen. Bernard Montgomery rather than General George S. Patton in the current fight against the Islamofascists.
In order to evaluate... More
The world is presently at its most wicked. It is beyond human help. It requires only a nudge to implode and prepare for the divine ruler, the Saheb—ul—Zaman (the Mahdi, the Lord of the Age) to come and set it aright. It is the sacred duty and privilege of every... More
A bizarre moral inversion grips most of the world's media, in particular America's legacy press.Those who defend against aggresion are castigated, while the aggressors are celebrated. Modern warfare involves information war, and the strategy and tactics of moral inversion derive from the... More
There is an odd, nostalgic fixation on Mother Russia within the "foreign policy community." It's as if an overwhelming desire to return to the last days of the superpower standoff with an enlightened Mikhail Gorbachev at the helm of the Soviet Union has consumed all rational thought. ... More
The world's attention is now focused on the Israel—Hezbollah conflict between the region's only fully functioning democracy and the Shiite 'Party of God,' a terrorist group armed and supported by Syria and Iran, members in foul standing of the axis of evil. But the conflict in... More
The world's media are once again filtering warfare through their idiosyncratic perspectives. Most of them are shocked to discover that civilians are injured when terrorists locate military facilities in apartment houses, mosques, and other civilian locales. And they are doubly outraged when... More
If Israel wants to sustain US support for its efforts to defend its homeland from terrorists (which is what this current battle in the Middle East is all about), it needs to paint a word—picture that will cut through left/right politics and reach individual Americans. As... More
A shocking program aired on British TV's Channel 4 recently that should give pause to every Western government concerned about their domestic terror threat and raise questions from citizens about who their elected representatives are seeking advice and... More
The documents seized in the FBI raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D—LA) remain unread by Justice Department investigators, pending a federal Appeals Court ruling scheduled for August 27. Jefferson is anxious to overturn the ruling of federal Judge Hogan of the Washington, DC... More
Part 1 is found here.
According to religious war theorists (they've clearly earned such an appellation by now), what's occurring in southern Lebanon is another step in the advance of... More
Five days after 9/11, George Bush stated
"This crusade, this war on terrorism is gonna take awhile. And the American people must be patient. I'm gonna be... More
While General George S. Patton was winning public laurels for fast armored strikes against German forces in WWII, Field Marshall Montgomery ran a parallel British army that made haste slowly. Patton is often considered the most brilliant US Army commander of the time, but Monty had his reasons.... More
On July 19 a federal court judge struck down Maryland's "Wal—Mart Law." That's the law cooked up by the nation's labor unions to force Wal—Mart to pay 8 percent of payroll into employee health benefits or be taxed for the... More
Israel is being set—up in the world's media to meet an impossible standard. To its critics, if Israel does not instantly destroy all of Hizbullah and its fixed installations (and that 'instant' has now already passed) and do it without taking any casualties itself or inflicting any... More
As James Lewis notes in his excellent article, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has had no luck in knocking out Hezbollah's multi—story bunkers in southern Lebanon. In one operation, Israeli Air Force... More
How Darwinian science refutes the Left's most sacred beliefs. More
As Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda and Islamic Insurgents target the peaceful way we all live on a daily basis, one would surmise that the American Jew, the most despised group of the terrorists, would be the most fervently supportive of the Bush Administration... More
The red warning flags have been flying high far too long. Since the emergence of the Islamic Republic inside Iran there has been nothing but turbulence throughout the world and since its inception it has had time to propagate and mastermind some of the most evil deeds. The world's casual... More
The biggest foreign policy question today is whether the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is really as utterly irrational as he talks. When he calls for wiping Israel from the map, is he serious? When he talks about privately communing with the Twelfth Imam, and of the Second Coming... More
One of the primary players in the current round of fighting in Lebanon, indeed the instigator of this phase of conflict, is the organization called Hezbollah or 'Party of God.' Although few would be able to attribute anything Godlike to this organization's actions — unless of course... More
When Hezbollah launched their unprovoked attack on the Jewish State 9 days ago from southern Lebanon, they very well may have destroyed any hope for democracy to take root in the tiny country for the foreseeable future. Responding as they felt they must, Israel may also be contributing to the... More
Iran would like to see a new world order, controlling the entire Middle East region with its nuclear potential influencing moderate Arab countries and Israel alike. That's according to Dr. Guy Bechor, a leading military analyst in Israel, who has studied and taught on the Middle East for more... More
We, the non—Muslims—the infidels, heathens, unbelievers, apostates, enemies of Allah, najis (soiled), as you prefer to call us—would like to know what is it that you don't understand and what is it that makes you behave so badly toward us? You blame us for your... More
The Sunday talk shows and the evening cables news show have devoted much of their time this week to the Israel/Hezbollah conflict. As if required by law to demonstrate perfect balance, the talk shows always find a
Please do not call Islam "medieval." Islam never made it to the Middle Ages, and if it is stuck in the past, it is stuck in the ancient world from which it arose, the decadent Hellenism it ill understood.
Calling Islam medieval is a vicious form of moral equivalency that equates medieval... More
It was a time when America desperately needed heroes. As the institutions and beliefs that formed the heritage of the nation were being systematically dismantled by counterculture revolutionaries, those who held such things in high regard fervently sought for inspiring reminders of America's... More
[Editor's note: this is the second of a two part series. Part 1 is found here.]
The New York Times garners a strong measure of loyalty from American Jews. A large part of this... More
The New York Times Company is reeling, as bad news for both shareholders and employees accumulates. Cash is being pulled out of production facilities and being
Buzzwords plague discussion of the Middle East conflict. For too long the buzzword phrase was the so—called 'occupied territories.' But today the new buzzword is 'disproportionate response,' meaning that Israel is being admonished to not overreact to an act of war by her enemies.... More
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As Israel battles the Shiite terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, many analysts have begun to wonder if there is another enemy that should be directly engaged: Syria. A harmonic convergence of factors has anathematized one of the most problematic regimes in the Middle East and... More
The Army's Chief of Staff, General Peter Schoomaker, has recently done something extraordinary within the realm of Beltway politics — he told the truth about our Army's readiness. His message before... More
On September 11, 2001, as planes slammed into New York City, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the earth seemed to stop spinning for a few hours, and the planet's billions immediately realized that the world had changed forever. A similar shudder happened last week when Hezbollah attacked Israel, and... More
[Editor's note: The question of religious war haunts the world today. Some, but not all, Muslims believe a religious war is long underway and will continue until the entire world submits to Allah. Last week, J.R. Dunn
The cycle of violence folks are out again. They are worried about the escalation of violence in the Middle East, that is to say, the current skirmish in the ongoing war between the people of Israel and the Iran—backed forces like Hisbollah and Hamas that want to eliminate the... More
There are short—term reasons behind the attacks on Israel by Hezbollah and Hamas. But underlying all the geo—strategy is a solid foundation of fanatical Jew—hatred, dating back to the founding of Islam. There is literally nothing Israel or Jews can do to appease those who... More
Iran's President Ahmadinejad has been making murderous threats against the Jewish state for months and months. The Israelis don't like big rhetorical gestures, but they know perfectly well that leaving Ahmadinejad's genocidal boasting unanswered would send a signal of lethal vulnerability to a... More
A new oil shock is underway. Turmoil in the Middle East is inevitably going to result in higher prices at the pump. On my morning bike ride, gas was 2.85 a gallon. On the way home, there were signs offering gas for 3.09, an increase of nearly a quarter.
My fellow... More
Say what you want about his authoritarian leanings, you have to respect Russian President Vladimir Putin's political and public—diplomacy skills. He is using flattery and espousal of certain fashionable causes with little impact on his nation to build capital among the world's... More
Suffolk County, NY, police have announced a pilot program in which officers are recording the race of drivers stopped for routine traffic violations. The initiative, which requires that officers make a visual determination of the suspect's race, is aimed at preventing officers from making... More
There's that old saying that 'Money talks,' and when it did recently it reminded conservatives of what we always ignore: President George W. Bush is a big—spending liberal. The White House Office of Management and Budget released its mid—session review which happily... More
Some people—those who assume that all religions are irrational superstitions—contend that any serious religious devotion is fanaticism. On the contrary, a logical analysis would seem to indicate that the term 'religious fanatic' is an oxymoron, like 'poor billionaire' or 'honest... More
After the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, a little—known clandestine Islamist group remerged from the ashes. Formed in 1953 with a radically anti—Bahai and anti—Sunni ideology, the
Bush approval ratings are up! The Democrats are in disarray! The Republican leadership announces, happily, that they have been buoyed by recent events regarding their chances in the upcoming elections.
They are kidding themselves.
Tragically, the damage... More
Yesterday, Bob Novak reported that
For nearly the entire time of his investigation, Fitzgerald knew —— independent of me —— the identity of the... More
Is this a great country or what?
Where else can a lecturer with marginal credentials, deep paranoia, and a self righteous streak a mile wide, play upon a gullible press eager for controversy to become an instant celebrity and a recognized 'expert' on a subject so far removed from his own... More
It is almost comic, nah, hell, it's hilarious, to watch the Moonbats, led by their batty high priestess, Cindy Sheehan, undertake a new attempt to garner media attention. When I first heard about their planned Troops Home Fast, my immediate reaction was, 'Hey, she can stand to lose a little... More
On the morning May 20, 1631, the army of the Habsburg Holy League, commanded by Count Tilly and Graf Pappenheim, breached the works of the city of Magdeburg. Desperate last—ditch sorties by the defenders were swept aside, and two of the city's gates were opened to the main body of the... More
It appears that the post—Yearly Kos month from hell is continuing for Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the proprietor of the Internet's premier liberal blog Daily Kos. After receiving some extremely negative press from major publications such as the New York Times, The New... More
I was very impressed with your hunger strike protest in front of the White House on July 3. I was especially stirred to learn that a number of you have pledged to take the protest all the way and make the ultimate sacrifice if necessary. I was indeed deeply moved when
How would you define a dysfunctional family? Probably, like Wikipedia, you would say
"a family in which conflict, misbehaviour and even abuse on the... More
Teenagers are as familiar with the web as they are with television. When someone asks for their address, they think e—mail first. Computers without the Internet are useless to them and the frustration on their face shows it.
When they finally come of age, "Generation Net" will... More
Israel's national anthem, Hatikvah, ("The Hope"), was written in 1886 by Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet, originally from Bohemia. Or it may have been first written in 1878 by Imber, a Galician, while living in the Ukraine. With google searches, one can only hope to learn the truth... More
"Equal Pay for Equal Work" has become the Eleventh Commandment in the Western world. It is a fine sentiment. But when is work "equal"? The realm of sport provides some interesting perspective on the matter.
On June 26th, Venus Williams wrote an
The world's most widely—viewed sporting event will take place tomorrow in Germany, as Italy and France compete for soccer's World Cup. Athletic competition comes naturally to all children, and as adults we love to vicariously participate. Yet there are some who regard this impulse as... More
The Democratic Party probably thinks that this year's November elections will herald their return to Prime Time. Faced with a Republican Party beset by deep divisions over immigration reform, their all—too—well publicized difficulties on Valerie Plame, Hurricane Katrina, the NSA... More
BRUSSELS —— I'm standing somewhere between the Maelbeek and Schuman metro stops in the so—called European quarter of this city wondering: Who are all the slim, nattily—dressed men running around the glass and metal buildings here? They —— and their attractive... More
As Al Gore's global warming alarm tour winds down for the summer, let's pull back the curtain and see the real wizard. After you get past all the scare mongering, what is left is a giant scheme to tax the air we breathe. No wonder the tax and spend liberals are so enthralled with big Al. And... More
Many on the left tell us that our republic is held in thrall by a mass—murdering dictator. He regularly tramples on our constitutional guarantees of privacy. He flouts the law at his pleasure. With a crack of his whip, he bids his minions in Congress to slavishly pass enabling... More
Since September 11, 2001, I have often wondered how, say, Frenchmen, Britons, and Swedes, would have behaved if, instead of destroying New York's World Trade Center, terrorists had killed nearly 3,000 people in attacks on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the area around Big Ben in London or the... More
A recent article in the UK Telegraph offered insights into the many ways that Islamists in Baghdad are making life, by increments, miserable for citizens of the city. Ice producers, crucial in... More
Did you hear that sound on Thursday, June 29? That was millions of conservatives gasping in horror when the Supreme Court issued its Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision seemingly giving the Bush administration a stunning defeat over terrorist detention centers at Guantanamo Bay.... More
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government is quickly fulfilling campaign promises to rebuild the nation's military by going on an unprecedented $15 billion peacetime spending spree on heavy transport planes, helicopters, ships and trucks.
That plan will surely get... More
In recent months, the cable TV shows, newsweeklies and large circulation newspapers eagerly jumped into a story about an alleged rape of an exotic dancer by several Duke lacrosse players. The media storyline fit the theory of the case put forth by the now disgraced District Attorney... More
Quotations, particularly quotations with political content, often seem to end up
misrepresented and mangled, their meaning twisted if not completely reversed. Consider only 'The business of America is business', 'War... More
In December 2005 the 1,000th prisoner was executed in the USA since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Of the six men currently on military death row in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the leading candidate for execution is Dwight Loving. Having been convicted of killing two... More
"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country" —— Nathan Hale, upon his execution in 1776.
"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us —— that from these... More
'We have it in our power to begin the world over again,' wrote Tom Paine on February 14, 1776. 'A situation, similar to the present,' he continued, 'hath not happened since the days of Noah until now. The birthday of a new world is at hand.'
On June 7, 1776 Virginia's Richard... More
It has become more and more transparent that the New York Times leans not only left, but far enough away from mainstream More
Bronx native, Vince Ferrari pulled off one the best publicity stunts of the year catching an AOL Time Warner representative on tape attempting to prevent him from canceling his AOL Internet account. Ferrari spent more than 21 minutes being left on hold or listening to flim—flam excuses... More
Publications sent by colleges and universities to their alumni are meant to be soothing. We are treated to profiles of accomplished alumni, hard—working and reasonable professors, and those students whose futures are so bright we... MoreJuly 2, 2006CloudsJohn B. Dwyer
Borne by soft southern breezes on a June afternoon, armadas of cumulus clouds sailed majestically across the sky.
Or on another day, it seemed as if across the azure vault cloud battalions marched east on a summer's zephyr.
Empires of the imagination, midair dreamscapes, massed... MoreJuly 2, 2006Dialogue with a Saudi Muslim (6)James Arlandson and Soliman albutheJuly 1, 2006The Case of Robert SchofieldClarice Feldman
One of the main failings of American culture, it seems to me, is the tendency to underestimate the practical problems of management. The failure is especially pronounced in government where Congress exercises little oversight of enormous federal programs and agencies it has... MoreJuly 1, 2006EMP and the Unfought VictoryTimothy Birdnow
"Thus one who excels at employing the military subjugates other people`s armies without engaging in battle, captures other people`s fortified cities without attacking them, and destroys other people`s states without prolonged fighting."
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
(Sun Tzu was... MoreJuly 1, 2006Dialogue with a Saudi Muslim (5)James Arlandson and Soliman albuthe
Part One, which has a brief Introduction; Part