My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

Ron Paul, Rebel Without a Solution

December 31, 2007

In a previous post, I wrote that Ron Paul’s performance last week on “Meet the Press” made me think he’s been spending too much time locked in the bathroom reading Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” a sort of unofficial...

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Ms. Bhutto’s Guts

December 28, 2007

Whatever else was or was not true about Benazir Bhutto, she was a human being who refused to be intimidated by terrorists – and for that she merits admiration. In a piece she wrote in October for The Wall Street Journal after an attempt on her...

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Love Letters from Ron Paul’s People

December 26, 2007

You gotta love Ron Paul and his admirers. No sooner had I posted a few thoughts about the man’s performance on “Meet the Press” on Sunday than I started receiving vitriolic comments from his followers across the country. That’s ok...

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No Wonder All the Malcontents Love Ron Paul

December 25, 2007

It’s no wonder all the malcontents love Ron Paul. On “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he propounded the naïve idea that the attacks of September 11 were, at least partially, America’s fault.

“They attacked us here because we were over there,”...

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Is This a Great Town or What?

December 19, 2007

Why do I doubt that this story in which a Muslim risked his safety for Jews could have taken place in Paris?

Of course, it is a remarkable story and is therefore unlikely to have taken place anywhere. But what I mean is, it is extremely difficult...

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Zohan to Feature Moishe’s Movers: How About the Princess in the IDF?

December 19, 2007

Looks like something truly creative is coming down the pike: in this soon-to-be released film, Adam Sandler plays an Israeli counterterrorism agent who comes to New York to do hair. Finally, someone mines the great comic potential of the...

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Leading Darfur Activist Condemns Selective Humanitarianism, Al Sharpton

December 18, 2007

Slavery still exists in Sudan. The enslaved—of whom there are at least several thousand—are Christians, according to Simon Deng, who was himself enslaved as a boy by an Arab Muslim family.

Last night Mr. Deng spoke at a dinner hosted by...

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If They Strapped Bombs on Dogs or Horses…

December 10, 2007

Last month’s Annapolis conference, like Oslo, was pure kabuki theater, in which leaders gathered to pretend that the central issue of the Arab/Israeli conflict is land, not irrational hatred, corruption, and brainwashing of the next...

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An Issue for Obama?

December 5, 2007

Here’s an issue for Barack Obama, or any presidential candidate who is sincere about both fighting terrorism and championing human rights: condemning the recruitment of children to become suicide bombers. Today in her talk to U.S....

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Simon Deng, Leading Darfur Activist, to Ask, “What About the Christians of South Sudan?” on Fox News Tonight

November 30, 2007

“Who is the real enemy of Mohammed,” asks Simon Deng, an escaped slave from Sudan and leading human rights activist, “a child who names a teddy bear, or the one who is killing little Muhammed in Darfur?” Mr. Deng, whom I have...

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