Making Artificial Distinctions

Last weekend President Bush said, in response to questions about when the war in Afghanistan might be over, that he would stay in touch with Tommy Franks and other military commanders and declare victory the moment the military experts said the task was done – and not one moment sooner. In so doing he reinforced … Continue reading “Making Artificial Distinctions”

Talkin’ About the F-Word

First, they came for the terrorists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a terrorist. Then they came for the foreigners, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a foreigner. Then they came for the Arab-Americans, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t Arab-American. Then they came for the radical dissenters, and … Continue reading “Talkin’ About the F-Word”

India’s Terrorist Minister

As India took full advantage of the instability in Central Asia to push its agenda in Kashmir, and force a showdown with Pakistan, the rattling of the nuclear saber by Indian defense minister George Fernandes sent a collective shiver down the world’s spine. The Pakistanis, emphasizing the need for negotiation, were rebuffed by New Delhi’s … Continue reading “India’s Terrorist Minister”

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS

My last New Year’s column contained a statement that stands out, in retrospect, as a prediction and a warning that, unfortunately, went unheeded. America, I wrote, "Stands astride the world, a global Gulliver lording it over the Lilliputians. But at the apogee of its power, the US is subject to the irony of world hegemony … Continue reading “FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS”

STRANGE SYMBIOSIS – ISRAEL & ANTI-SEMITISM

As Israel prepares to expel its Arab helots from Palestine, its "amen corner" worldwide is also on the march, excoriating anyone who looks cross-eyed at Ariel Sharon as an "anti-Semite." The latest front in this campaign is England, where Barbara Amiel, wife of media magnate Conrad Black, went on a rampage in the Telegraph, claiming … Continue reading “STRANGE SYMBIOSIS – ISRAEL & ANTI-SEMITISM”

SAURON IN WASHINGTON

"And thus the Third Age of Middle Earth began. History became legend, legend became myth – and some things that should not have been forgotten … were lost." With that prologue, J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings, is brought to the screen – and the good news is that, by the … Continue reading “SAURON IN WASHINGTON”

Don’t Mention It:

On Saturday, 15 December 2001, the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have cleared the way for international monitors in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Many believe that such monitors would help end the increasingly bloody low-intensity war Israel is waging against Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, as … Continue reading “Don’t Mention It:”

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

For the past week or so, I have been writing about the ominous implications of Carl Cameron’s four-part Fox News exposé of Israeli intelligence operations in the US. My most recent column on the subject was posted today (December 21). Cameron’s reports are, of course, key to understanding the context of these columns: without them, … Continue reading “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”

Who Are The Real Traitors?

The minority of Americans opposed to the U.S. war in Afghanistan is increasingly being told by the warhawk majority that antiwar sentiment is tantamount to treason. One noteworthy example of this sort of foreboding accusation is being disseminated by the famous conservative pundit, David Horowitz, as was reported recently by Justin Raimondo. Horowitz’s accusation follows … Continue reading “Who Are The Real Traitors?”

25 Things We’ve Learned Since 9/11

As the first year in the new millennium draws to a close, it might help us sort out what’s happened in the past three months – and thus how to respond – by compiling a summary list of What We Know. WHAT WE KNOW As was the case with various other major mass-murder bombings (East … Continue reading “25 Things We’ve Learned Since 9/11”