Monthly Archives: November 2003

Right to exist

Commentary magazine has posted much of its December issue online. Among the must-read items is Christopher Caldwell’s review of Right To Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel’s Wars by Yaacov Lozowick. Lozowick is a former peacenik and is the director »

Gay marriage and the usual suspects

Here are George Will’s thoughtful observations on the gay marriage controversy. Will’s discussion brings to mind some of the normal liberal fallacies that infect so many public policy debates. First, there’s the familiar notion that because an institution is working »

Dear President Arafat

There is really nothing new in yesterday’s New York Times article on justice, PLO-style with respect to alleged informants under the jurisdiction of the Nobel Peace Prize winner: “Coerced or not, Palestinians who assist Israel face death.” The underlying facts »

The lies of Zacarias Moussaoui

Today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune carries an enraging account of the apprehension and detention of Zacarias Moussaoui in Minnesota in August 2001. The managers of a flight school in Eagan, Minnesota had alerted the FBI to Moussaoui based on his bizarre »

Turkish Terrorist Arrested

A major arrest in the recent bombings in Turkey: the Associated Press reports that an unidentified man believed to have ordered the bombing of the Beth Israel synagogue bombing was apprehended on Tuesday and is now in police custody, charged »

Terrorists Convicted

The men shown below are Palestinian terrorists Mohammed Hassan Arman and Walid Anjas. They were convicted yesterday of murdering 36 Israelis in a series of terrorist attacks, including those at Moment Cafe in Jerusalem in March 2002, that killed 11 »

I Never Renege on a Promise

As a mostly hard-news site, it’s our duty to report on a considerable amount of bad news. So when the world takes a turn for the better, it’s only right that we provide some balance by covering the good news, »

Counting the Votes at the U.N.

Hillary Clinton is only the latest of many Democrats to urge that the U.N. be given a larger role in postwar Iraq. Of course, neither she nor her Democratic colleagues have explained how we would go about doing this, given »

“Myths About Intelligence”

Stuart Cohen, who was chairman of the National Intelligence Council when the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was published, took on eight eight myths about our pre-war Iraq intelligence in yesterday’s Washington Post: “The NIE »

Toward a theory of anti-Semitism

Julie Burchill is leaving her post as a columnist at the Guardian next month to join the Times. On her way out the door she is devoting herself with a flourish to the subject of anti-Semitism: “If you take into »

Considering John Updike

I have been asked only once in my life to name a great short story writer, and that was by one of my kids yesterday. For the record, I picked John Updike. He certainly has written quite a few great »

Considering Joe McCarthy

In tomorrow’s Washington Post Book World Ronald Radosh reviews Ted Morgan’s re-evaluation of Joe McCarthy and the Communist threat. Morgan’s book is Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America, and Radosh’s review is “Spooked.” This is a great pairing of book and »

Paul Krugman as patient zero

In the new issue of the Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson reviews Paul Krugman’s The Great Unraveling together with a fistful of other current books on the theme of the evil George Bush. Ferguson’s review is both entertaining and edifying. Somewhat »

A “spiritual struggle”

The Washington Post on the silence of most Democratic presidential candidates about religion. In a story called “A Spiritual Struggle for Democrats,” the Post cites public opinion polls showing that voters “want to hear more about faith from their national »

Another feel-good story you won’t hear much about

This one is brought to our attention by Joshua Sharf and his “View From a Height” blog. As reported by Fox News and Jerusalem Post, “Israeli doctors are performing a sophisticated heart surgery to save an Iraqi baby girl, airlifted »

Some news to be thankful for

Michelle Malkin recounts uplifting tales of compassion from America’s high schools. Responding to the media’s obsession with tales of hazing and worse, Malkin says, “For every teen-age act of barbarism broadcast during the past month on network and cable news, »

Folly repeating as farce

Charles Krauthammer devotes his weekly column to the “peace agreement” farce convening Monday in Geneva with Jimmy Carter, appropriately enough, as the guest of honor: “Geneva sellout.” Krauthammer calls attention to Secretary of State Powell’s endorsement of the farce. He »