Category Archives: politics

An air war against ISIS won’t work

Yesterday the U.S. and some allies ratcheted up their air campaign against ISIS by firing missiles at and dropping bombs on 22 targets in Syria. These include Al-Qaeda affiliates as well as ISIS fighters themselves. We didn’t go it alone: the bombings included planes from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. […]

Better together?

Here’s the headline of today’s New York Times, and if you click on the screenshot you’ll go to the article: Judging by the number of responses to yesterday’s post, there was a huge emotional (and rational!) investment in the outcome of this vote, and I was surprised. The pictures below, though, show how deeply people […]

Obama vs. ISIS

I voted for Obama (twice) and was a huge enthusiast when he took office. His performance since then has been disappointing, but I blame a lot of that on the Republicans, whose program for the country seems to consist entirely of “block whatever Obama wants to do.” But in general, his views have been aligned […]

The good news and the bad news

While watching the evening newscast, I heard some good news and some bad news. Bad news first: a quote from P.M. David Cameron on the brutal beheading by ISIS of British aid worker David Haines (quote verified in The Daily News): “They [ISIS] boast of their brutality. They claim to do this in the name of […]

A depressing poll from Palestine

I keep hoping that Israel and Palestine will sit down at the table and finally negotiate a two-state solution, but that favorable end seems further away all the time. And that’s especially so given the results of  a new poll from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) headquartered in Ramallah. The poll was […]

Two pieces on journalism in the Israel-Palestine conflict

Most readers know that I feel Israel, vis-à-vis its conflict with Palestine, has been given a raw deal in both world opinion and the world press. They also know that I don’t think that the country is blameless in the Middle East fracas (the settlements, for example, are unconscionable), but that they hold the moral high ground […]

Dinesh puts his foot in it again, this time about Ferguson

Well, this bit of political theater (video below) occurred on “The Steve Malzberg Show,” a Newsmax talk show, last Thursday.  Not only does Dinesh D’Souza compare the American Left’s attitude toward the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri to the behavior of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but he argues that the Obama Administration has simply decided that Darren Wilson the […]

Catholic barbarity in Europe

This is a true story from a country in Europe, a country that one would normally deem civilized. The sequence of events is this: 1. A foreign woman (country unspecified) arrives in the European country, seeking asylum. 2.  The woman is eight weeks pregnant, and the pregnancy is due to a rape. 3. The country […]

Putin in manliness contest with Obama

The Cold War has given place to the Social Media War. According to the Torygraph, the Russian deputy prime minister has started a pissing contest between Putin and Obama: In a strange display of one upmanship, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin posted a picture on his Twitter account of President Vladimir Putin petting a leopard […]

Israeli-Palestinian cease fire lasts four hours, broken by Hamas rockets and kidnapping an Israeli soldier

I’m sure that all of us were relieved at the sudden onset of a 72-hour cease fire between Israel and Palestine. The agreement was brokered by both the U.S. and the U.N. Even if we see no ready solution to the conflagration there, at least both sides can stop the killing for a while. Unfortunately, according […]


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