"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Messy Democracy Still the Best Course
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In truth, fostering democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq was not our first, but last choice. It was not a good option, only a bad one when the other alternatives had proven far worse. What the U.S. is trying to do in the Middle East is costly, easily made fun of and unappreciated. But constitutional government is one course that might someday free Middle Easterners from kidnappings, suicide bombers and dictators in sunglasses. That's in our interest and theirs alike.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Transparency Bill Subjected to Secrecy
by Aimee Curl
...An unknown number of senators have blocked legislation to create a public, searchable Web site of all federal grants and contracts. Senate rules permit any senator to anonymously block consideration of a bill on the floor, effectively killing the measure...
So Who Placed the Secred Hold?
Schools Need Competition Now
by John Stossel
...Every economics textbook says monopolies are bad because they charge high prices for shoddy goods. But it's government that gives us monopolies. So why do we entrust something as important as our children's education to a government monopoly?...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The NAFTA Super Highway
by Patrick J. Buchanan
...The American people never supported NAFTA, and they are angry over Bush's failure to secure the border -- but a shotgun marriage between our two nations appears prearranged...The losers would be U.S. longshoremen, truckers, manufacturers and taxpayers. The latter would pay the cost of building the highway in Mexico and the United States, both in dollars and in the lost sovereignty of our once-independent American republic.
Just a Reminder About Who and Why We Are Fighting
by Dennis Prager
Last year at UCLA, I debated a professor who argued that Israel and the Palestinians were moral equivalents. He is not alone (especially on college campuses) in his lack of understanding of the immoral nature of the Islamic enemies of America and Israel. Thus it is important to remind people once again about the moral world inhabited by the people we are fighting, whom President George W. Bush calls the Islamic Fascists...

Monday, August 28, 2006

When Schools Silence God Talk
by Nat Hentoff
...What's unfortunate is that every school year, these unreasonable restrictions of free speech come to the fore in this country simply because educators — and, for that matter, some ACLU chapters — don't have a clear understanding of the First Amendment...
Return of the Tribes: The Resistance to Globalization Runs Deep
by Ralph Peters
...From Islamist terrorists fighting to perpetuate the enslavement of women to the Armenian obsession with the soil of Karabakh--from the French rejection of "Anglo-Saxon" economic models to the resistance of African Muslims to Islamist imperialism--the most complex forces at work in the world today, with the greatest potential for both violence and resistance to violence, may be the antiglobal impulses of local societies. From Li├Ęge to Lagos, the tribes are back.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Weekend Journal  
Townhall.com
Townhall.com Weekend Journal brings clarity and analysis to this week's most relevant political and cultural events: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld responds to recent concerns about the spike in sectarian violence in the Baghdad region; Hugh Hewitt asks our top Army General in the Middle East--General John Abizaid--if Iraq is winnable; and Michael Medved squares off with University of Wisconsin lecturer Kevin Barrett about his 9/11 conspiracy theories.
What Did You Do in the War, UNIFIL?
by Lori Lowenthal Marcus
During the recent month-long war between Hezbollah and Israel, U.N. "peacekeeping" forces made a startling contribution: They openly published daily real-time intelligence, of obvious usefulness to Hezbollah, on the location, equipment, and force structure of Israeli troops in Lebanon...
Will We Choose to Win in Iraq?
by William J. Stuntz
...Today, as in 1968, "win or get out" is a natural response to a long, frustrating war, especially when the war is going badly. After all, everyone wants one of those two outcomes. The real question is, which one?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Why Britain Stopped the Terror Plot
Insight Magazine
...Officials said U.S. law would not have allowed the FBI to conduct the type of surveillance that led Britain to uncover the al Qaeda cell and capture what could be the network’s chief. They said the department also does not have the funding to detect new types of bombs used by al Qaeda...
Muslim Sisters Need Our Help
by Pamela Bone
...Most of us 1970s feminists are grandmothers now. Lifelong socialist and humanist that I am, if fighting to prevent the possibility that my granddaughters - our granddaughters - will one day be forced to wear a burka makes me right-wing, then right-wing is the label I'll have to wear.
Related: Musharraf Faces Bitter Clash Over Rape Law Reforms

Friday, August 25, 2006

The Border Patrol Inquisition
by Debra Saunders
...Be a Border Patrol agent, do your job, go to prison. That's how the job must look to agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean...At the heart of the prosecution is a vehicle-pursuit policy that makes absolutely no sense. As Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof explained to the Sun, "It is a violation of Border Patrol regulations to go after someone who is fleeing." It's like a no-arrest policy...
Arabs' Last Chance
by Ralph Peters
...We did the right thing by deposing Saddam Hussein. The Arab Middle East needed one last chance. Iraq is it. If Iraqi democracy fails, there will be no hope, whatsoever, for the Arab world.
Russian Footprints
by Ion Mihai Pacepa
The Kremlin may be the main winner in the Lebanon war. Israel has been attacked with Soviet Kalashnikovs and Katyushas, Russian Fajr-1 and Fajr-3 rockets, Russian AT-5 Spandrel antitank missiles and Kornet antitank rockets. Russia’s outmoded weapons are now all the rage with terrorists...Now Russia wants to be admitted to the World Trade Organization. For that to happen, the Kremlin should be firmly told first to get out of the terrorism business...
And that's not all: Russia Spins Global Energy Spider's Web

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Relearning Lessons in the War on Terror
by Victor Davis Hanson
...But unless we in the West adapt more quickly than do canny Islamic terrorists in this constantly evolving war, cease our internecine fighting and stop forgetting what we've learned about our enemies - there will be disasters to come far worse than Sept. 11.
What Part of the War on Terrorism Do They Support?
by Ann Coulter
...As Howard Dean put it this week, "The occupation in Iraq is costing American lives and hampering our ability to fight the real global war on terror." This would be like complaining that Roosevelt's war in Germany was hampering our ability to fight the real global war on fascism. Or anti-discrimination laws were hampering our ability to fight the real war on racism. Or dusting is hampering our ability to fight the real war on dust...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Living Constitution's Double Standard
by Jonah Goldberg
...And so here is the real absurdity of the "living Constitution" school. Where the Constitution is supposed to be inert, they want it alive and mutating. But where the Constitution was intended to be flexible, intellectual rigor mortis has set in.
The Amazing Colossal Poorhouse
by Jesse Walker
...Paupers or millionaires, we're all on welfare now—or might as well be, to judge from the state of our liberties. That's one way to end welfare as we knew it.
Intellectually Curious George
by Kathleen Parker
...Molly Ivins once wrote: "George W. Bush sounds like English is his second language.'' That's because it's true. "Washington English'' is a second language for Bush; "Texas English'' is his first. When he tries to speak Washington English, which is the way Bush thinks presidents are supposed to speak -- over-enunciating and sprinkling his comments with awkward aphorisms -- he fumbles...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hezbollah's Faith-Based Terrorism
by Ralph R. Reiland
"I left because I didn't feel safe anymore as a Christian," a woman from Lebanon told me recently at dinner, explaining why she and her husband and three children moved to the United States in 2002...no flags of Lebanon flying anywhere in Ras al-Ein. Instead, the flag of Hezbollah, with its spiritual quotes and AK-47s, was everywhere. So too was the artwork from the Party of God...
Moment of Truth
by Ralph Peters
...Powerful emotions intoxicate all sides. In the Middle East, only the Israelis have intellectual and moral integrity. Arabs and Persians rely on a culture of blame. The media obscure as much as they illumine. So what should truly concern us? Bad news first...
Related: Point of No Return?
Military Justice on Trial
by Kathleen Duignan
...Recent events have highlighted the need to increase civilian education and access to the courts-martial process. If our personnel are increasingly being asked to defend democracy abroad, it is only right that our public believe they are receiving the same considerations at home.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Weekend Journal  
Townhall.com
Bill Bennett covers Middle East politics with Alan Dershowitz and one of the nation's foremost experts on terrorism, Steven Emerson; Dennis Prager explains what makes liberals tick; and Dr. Albert Mohler has a few choice words for a mother who complained in a British article that her children are boring her to death.
Miss Martyr Camp at a Jersey Y
by Joe Kaufman
...Recently, the YMCA office [in the West Bank] was firebombed. One of the reports quotes Deputy Mayor and Hamas member, Hashem al Masri, as stating, “I know it is not civilized to attack it, but it is a challenge to the feeling of our people.” How ironic that one YMCA is being attacked by Islamic militants, while another is opening its arms to them.
Related: Useful Idiots: Islam’s Best Soldiers     Europe's Fellow Travelers
Anti-Terror Weapons We're Afraid to Use
by John Yoo
...Right now, we're fighting terror with one hand behind our back by refusing to exploit data-mining tools. London's success should serve notice that we must use our technological sophistication and reject the sky-is-falling claims of the extreme civil libertarians.
A Comedy of Errors in the Middle East
by Michael Reagan
As could be expected, on Wednesday the New York Times rushed into print with a story about the wonderful compassion Hezbollah is showing in helping those in Lebanon’s civilian population...Hezbollah is a humanitarian organization in the same sense as the Mafia is a dispenser of charity and compassion...

Saturday, August 19, 2006

A Reluctant World Begins to Confront Reality
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In an amorphous war of self-induced Western restraint, like the present one, truth and moral clarity are as important as military force. This past month, the world of the fascist jihadist and those who tolerate him was once again on display for civilization to fathom. Even the most timid and prone to appeasement in the West are beginning to see that it is becoming a question of “the Islamists or us.”In this eleventh hour, that is a sort of progress after all.
The Real Teachings of the Koran
by Cal Thomas
..."There's not a single verse in the Koran talking about peace with a non-Muslim, with the Jews and the Christians. Islam means submission. Islam means surrender. It means you surrender and accept Islamic hegemony over yourselves." I ask him about the best strategy for fighting it: "It cannot be combated simply by force. It needs to be combated ideologically, spiritually (as well as) through arms"...

Friday, August 18, 2006

Understanding the AIDS Industry
by Michael Fumento
...the current AIDS budget swamps spending on malaria and tuberculosis, which together kill about twice as many people annually as AIDS does...Alas for these victims, they don't have a politically correct disease. And for that they must die.
Skip the Grannies: The Case For Airport Profiling
by Michael Smerconish
Profiling is street smarts by any other name. It's the common-sensical recognition that while America is not threatened by an entire community, she is under siege by a certain element of an identifiable group, and law enforcement needs to target its resources accordingly. The failure to profile is a dereliction of duty on the part of an administration that has otherwise been willing to incur the wrath of civil libertarians as it aggressively fights the war on terror...

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Mideast's Munich
by Arthur Herman
Historians will look back at this weekend's cease-fire agreement in Lebanon as a pivotal moment in the war on terror. It is pivotal in the same sense that the Munich agreement between Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain was pivotal in an earlier battle against the enemies of freedom. The accord in October 1938 revealed to the world that the solidarity of the Western allies was a sham, and that the balance of power had shifted to the fascist dictators...
Related: The New Middle East
Excuse After Excuse
by Victor Davis Hanson
What makes two-dozen British Muslims want to blow up thousands of innocent passengers on jumbo jets? Why does al-Qaida plan hourly to kill civilians? And why does oil-rich Iran wish to "wipe out" Israel? In short, it's the old blame game, one that over the past century has taken multiple forms...[So] unless we change our very character, or the Middle East achieves success and confidence through Western-style democracy and economic reform, expect more tired scapegoating and violence from radical discontents, from Lebanon to London -- and well beyond.
Give Us Shari'a, UK Muslim Leaders Tell Gov't
by Patrick Goodenough
..."We told her if you give us religious rights, we will be in a better position to convince [Muslim] young people that they are being treated equally along with other citizens"...Shari'a is controversial because it provides for punishments including limb amputation for theft and death for apostasy...In some traditions it also allows men to beat wives who refuse to obey them and won't submit to non-physical admonition...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Why Liberals Refuse to Admit the Reality of Islamic Fascism
by Rabbi Aryeh Spero
...Those schooled in the liberal “it’s society’s fault” outlook when pontificating on domestic crime have for decades proclaimed “it’s America’s fault” when evaluating every atrocity found worldwide. Liberals “understand”! To acknowledge the peculiarity of the jihadist reality undermines those in the “understanding” business. They are, now, antiquated and counterproductive, since it is not their assumptions that anymore matter but the generals and the fighting man. Liberals would rather deny truth than forfeit their heretofore prominent position at the decision table...
Media Blame Bush for Clinton's Legacy
by Roger Aronoff
...The other critical factor that has to be considered in evaluating the approach to Iran and North Korea is that failures or misguided policies by the Clinton Administration have constrained the Bush Administration's ability to resolve these serious problems...
The Lessons of London
by Jacob Laksin
Details about last week's disrupted plane-bombing plot are still emerging, but two points already seem clear: American intelligence and police agencies remain far behind their British counterparts in their capacity to crack down on terrorists before they act, and the “legal left” and its media amplifiers deserve much of the blame...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

CBS is Now Officially the Communication for Barbarians Service
by Dennis Prager
...Interviews with evil leaders are meaningless at best and destructive at worst. Few reporters will ask real questions or challenge the propaganda responses of these leaders. These interviews merely offer them invaluable "humanizing" time and ask questions that reconfirm the low state of television news...
Is the Bush Doctrine Dead?
by Norman Podhoretz
...So misrepresented has the Bush Doctrine been that the only way to begin answering that question is to remind ourselves of what it actually says (and does not say)..like the Truman Doctrine in 1952, the Bush Doctrine will prove irreversible by the time its author leaves the White House in 2008...

Monday, August 14, 2006

'Fascistic' is the Right Word for Islamic Fundamentalism
by Janet Daley
...The word "fascism" means an extreme totalitarian system that suppresses human rights and democratic freedoms. Islamic fundamentalism is fascistic in the precise, technical sense of the word...What we must call the "free world" will either decide that it must unite unequivocally against a force so dark that it is almost incomprehensible to democratic peoples, or else succumb to a daydream of denial that is nothing more than appeasement.
The British Way
by David B. Rivkin Jr. & Lee A. Casey
...the U.S. and Britain share a common-law heritage, with its emphasis on individual rights and limitations on state power, and many of same basic political values. That said, British law, political culture and sensibilities appear to be far more attuned to the practical needs of preventing terrorist attacks than do their American counterparts. Some examples include the following...
Thursday's Lessons for Tuesday's Victors
by Michael Barone
...Tuesday was a victory for the angry antiwar Left that set the tone in the Democrats' 2003-04 presidential cycle and seems likely to set the tone again in 2007-08. Thursday was a reminder that there are, as George W. Bush has finally taken to calling them, Islamic fascist terrorists who want to kill us and destroy our way of life...

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Weekend Journal  
Townhall.com
Insight, analysis and clarity into this week’s hottest political and cultural news: UK terror plot foiled, U.S.’s will to win in the Middle East, fake Reuter’s photos, a call for women to proclaim their abortions to the world and why America’s young people are apparently bored stiff.
DHS Scrapped Flight-list Plan as Transatlantic Threat Grew
World Net Daily
As British authorities earlier this year expanded their probe of suspects in the transatlantic air bombing plot, authorities on this side of the pond scrapped plans to require airlines with flights originating overseas to provide U.S. Customs with a list of passengers before takeoff, WorldNetDaily has learned...
Pakistan Quake Money in UK Terror Plot
Asian News International
Money sent to Pakistan for quake rehabilitation was used to fund the Heathrow bomb attack plot that was foiled by British authorities, says an investigation by a leading Pakistani daily...

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The BBC and Home-Grown Terrorists
by James Lewis
...If you were a young Muslim teenager growing up in Leeds, you too might be fertile soil for Islamofascism. The reason is simple: In a culture pervaded by the BBC, the message of the Labour Left would be drummed home to you over and over again: Britain is evil, America is evil, Israel is evil, capitalism is evil, democracy is a fraud...Britain has been preparing for its own demise ever since the rise of Fabian socialism around 1900...
More: The First Step Towards Defeating Terrorists: Stop Blaming Ourselves
Time to Profile Terrorists, Not Grandmas
The Washington DC Examiner
...There is no room left for the blind politically correct procedures that ignore this reality — our enemy is nearly always a young to middle-aged man from a Muslim nation or culture, and it is madness not to focus mainly on those who most readily match the known profile. If preventing another Sept. 11 horror means delaying all travelers from such nations, well, then so be it...
The One-Percent Problem
by Rich Lowry
...We face a shadowy enemy who represents a threat that is unspeakably awful when it is actualized, but is too easy to discount when it isn’t. Who even remembers that suspects were arrested in Miami two months ago in the very early stages of plotting perhaps to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago? It’s always possible to let the mind wander, until thousands of innocent civilians are killed...

Friday, August 11, 2006

Bush's Fortitude on the Middle East
by Ed Koch
...Hezbollah uses Lebanese civilians as human shields when it places its rockets in civilian areas, and is therefore responsible for many Lebanese casualties. Nonetheless, the European Union refuses to describe Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The Islamic terrorism represented by Hezbollah and others will one day threaten the entire world. Islamic fanatics have already engaged in terrorist acts in the U.S., England, Spain, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Argentina, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan and others...
More: A Clarifying Moment
Gore Isn't Quite as Green as He's Led the World to Believe
by Peter Schweizer
...over the years Gore has controlled hundreds of thousands of dollars in [Occidental Petroleum (Oxy)] stock. Oxy has been mired in controversy over oil drilling in ecologically sensitive areas...Gore's home in Carthage is sitting on a zinc mine. Gore receives $20,000 a year in royalties from Pasminco Zinc, which operates a zinc concession on his property. Tennessee has cited the company for adding large quantities of barium, iron and zinc to the nearby Caney Fork River. The issue here is not simply Gore's hypocrisy; it's a question of credibility...

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Prelude to War
by John Batchelor
...There is a strange parallel right now to the first days of December 1941, before the Japanese sneak attack. America was still not in the war in Asia and Europe, but it was busy getting ready for a momentous calamity and was filled with the presentiment of doom...
Related: August 22: Does Iran Have Something In Store?     Obsession: What the War On Terror is Really About       Hanson: Worry About the West -- Not Israel     Medved: Why the World Hates the Jews     The Myth Of The Lone Gunman
The Great Stem Cell Coverup: Promising Medical Research You Never Hear About
by Wesley J. Smith
...While there have certainly been successes in embryonic stem cell experiments in animal studies--many of them hyped to the hilt in mainstream media reports--the numbers pale in comparison with the many research advances being made with adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells, which are already being used in human patients...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

China Wins NAFTA Super-Highway Battle
by Jerome R. Corsi
Red China is investing heavily in developing deep-water ports in Mexico to bring an unprecedented volume of containers into the U.S. along the emerging NAFTA Super Highway. This move signals China’s emergence as the unexpected economic winner in the North American Union free market...
Lawsuits Make Us Less Safe
by John Stossel
...Personal-injury lawyers claim they make America safer, but that's a myth. It's easy to see who benefits from those big damage awards we read about. Less obvious -- but just as real -- are the things we'd all like to have but never will get because of this climate of fear. Here are a few examples...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A Horrible Truth
by David Warren
...Even "just war" acknowledges that, as in medicine, real mercy can sometimes require ruthlessness. We have forgotten this in the West. If we want to save civilians, over the longer run, we must resolve to call the enemy's bluff. Show him by our actions that hiding behind baby carriages will not save him. For the enemy will only stop using "human shields" when they cease to serve his purposes.
Media Manipulating the War News?
by Jack Kelly
...What is significant about Mr. Hajj is not the two photographs Reuters admits he doctored, but the doubt it casts on the veracity of the other images he's transmitted...It's often been said that truth is the first casualty in war. But it shouldn't be the news media that kills it.
Jews Shot in Seattle, Left Angry at Mel Gibson
by Dennis Prager
...The antipathy toward Christian fundamentalists and conservatives is why Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic statements trouble the Left more than Naveed Haq and the genocidal anti-Semitism permeating the Muslim world. And what is it about those Christians that most disturbs the Left? That they talk in terms of good and evil and believe the former must fight the latter, precisely the area of the Left's greatest weakness.
Related: White Washing Islamists

Monday, August 07, 2006

Advocates of 'Proportion' Are Just Unbalanced
by Mark Steyn
"Disproportion" is the concept of the moment. Do you know how to play?...What can we deduce from these various acts, proportionate and not so? If you talk to European officials, they'll tell you privately that that Seattle shooting is the way of the future -- that every now and then in Seattle or Sydney, Madrid or Manchester, someone will die because they went to a community center, got on the bus, showed up for work, and a jihadist was there...
Radio Security Tags Can Be Cloned
by Glenn Chapman
High-tech passports, touted as advances in national security, can be spied on remotely and their identifying radio signals cloned, computers hackers were shown at a weekend conference...

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Weekend Journal  
Townhall.com
Insight, analysis and clarity into this week's hottest political and cultural news: Israel/Hezbollah conflict, the decline of Fidel Castro, Mel Gibson's Malibu meltdown, the state of the U.S. economy, America's civilizational confidence, and men who don't want to work.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

This Summer Is Not Hottest On Record
by Randy Hall
...That "honor" belongs to a summer 76 years ago -- decades before the controversy over "man-made global warming" began...
The Brink of Madness: A Familiar Place
by Victor Davis Hanson
When I used to read about the 1930s — the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, the rise of fascism in Italy, Spain, and Germany, the appeasement in France and Britain, the murderous duplicity of the Soviet Union, and the racist Japanese murdering in China — I never could quite figure out why, during those bleak years, Western Europeans and those in the United States did not speak out and condemn the growing madness, if only to defend the millennia-long promise of Western liberalism...In short, if we wish to learn what was going on in Europe in 1938, just look around.
ACLU Accused of Profiting at Taxpayer Expense
by Monisha Bansal
...In many cases the ACLU is able to get governments to "capitulate" before the case gets to court, for fear of the high cost of litigation, March said, calling it "judicial blackmail." "If left unchecked this could become a very dangerous precedent in this country," said March...

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Collapse of Judgment
by Hugh Hewitt
If you could save the victims of one of the following four events, which group would you save?...As an extraordinary week draws to a close, though, you wouldn't have any sense of scale or importance if you had been watching American media or reading American commentary...
The Christians Are Coming, the Christians Are Coming!
by Kathleen Parker
These are rich times for conspiracy theorists, and the mother lode these days may be found in the fevered minds of anti-Christianists..."Christianist" is a relatively new term that roughly refers to a virulent strain of right-wing political Christianity that, supposedly, parallels Islamist lunacy. Although both groups may be "true believers," those who try to connect the dots of Christian belief, specifically evangelical Christianity, to Islamism seem willing to overlook the fact that Islamists praise Allah and fly airplanes into buildings while Christianists praise Jesus and pass the mustard...
Don't Think Outside the College Box
by Debra J. Saunders
...So the future could see state universities morph into today's UC Berkeley, where Cardiff and Klein found 445 Dems to 45 Repubs. Group-think will further marginalize any free thinkers. If you think outside the box, you work outside the institution. That's where academia is heading.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

World Opinion
by Tony Blankley
...Whether technically insane, or merely wrong, ignorant, weak, stupid or malicious, the majority of people around the world — what we respectfully call "world opinion" — are rarely right about much of anything. That, in a nutshell, is why the world is in the shape it is — and always has been...
It's Not Just About Land
by Victor Davis Hanson
...there are now few inventions and little science emanating from the Islamic world -- but a great deal of poverty, tyranny and violence. And rather than make the necessary structural changes that might end cultural impediments to progress and modernity -- such as tribalism, patriarchy, gender apartheid, polygamy, autocracy, statism and fundamentalism -- too many Middle Easterners have preferred to embrace the reactionary past and the cult of victimization...
In Terror War, U.S. Would Never Accept Limits Pushed on Israel
by Frank J. Gaffney
...For the United States, the current phase of this War for the Free World began on Sept. 11, 2001. For others, like Israel it has been going on for decades and represents an unmistakably existential threat. We cannot afford to pretend that there is an appropriate way for the United States to fight Islamofascist totalitarians and the terror they wield against us, then insist that our allies must negotiate with and try to appease such groups when they are in the Islamofascists' cross-hairs.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Gender Difference, Not Gay Marriage, at Center of Marriage Fight
by Michael Medved
...the problem with gay marriage isn’t that it harms my marriage, or yours, but that it changes the institution of marriage – for my children, my grandchildren, and all future generations. It downplays the essential, irrevocable nature of gender differences – and serves to undermine the crucial importance of gender-specific roles in all relationships...
China's Secret War
by Simon Cooper
A spate of recent spying cases opens the lid on China's aggressive military buildup. What's most troubling: It is based largely on U.S. technology...The result of China's 15-year effort has been "the largest military buildup the world has witnessed since the end of the Cold War"...
The Trial Lawyers' 'Justice' Myth
by John Stossel
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America recently changed its name to the American Association for Justice. It may be a smart PR move, because everyone likes the word "justice," and apparently the name "trial lawyers" has acquired a negative tinge. It's good that it has, because although trial lawyers say they "protect the little guy," that's a myth. In truth, for every little guy they help, they hurt thousands...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

'World Opinion' is Worthless
by Dennis Prager
...The history of "world opinion" regarding the greatest mass murders and cruelties on the planet is one of relentless apathy. Ask the 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Turks; or the 6 million Ukrainians slaughtered by Stalin; or the tens of millions of other Soviet citizens killed by Stalin's Soviet Union; or the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their helpers throughout Europe; or the 60 million Chinese butchered by Mao; or the 2 million Cambodians murdered by Pol Pot...
Of course its related: The Photos that Damn Hezbollah show their indiscriminately-targeted rockets are fired from residential areas, while The World has a Mel Gibson Moment and we ignore how The Middle East Is Our Crisis Too
Serbia: An Exception to the Right of Self-defense?
by Stella L. Jatras
...The real tragedy is that the Serbs were once the majority in Kosovo until ethnically cleansed by Adolf Hitler's Nazis, then by communist dictator Josip Broz Tito. The latter, in his hatred for the Serbs, encouraged Muslim Albanians to cross illegally into Christian Kosovo as easily as illegals today -- including possible terrorists -- cross our borders...