http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/18320-Critique-of-Codevillas-The-Lost-Decade.html Critique of Codevilla’s “The Lost Decade” With temerity I critique one of the clearest foreign policy analysts in America, Angelo Codevilla. We share some friends and common roots in the teachings learned at the knee of Robert Strausz-Hupe of laser focus on core US interests over distractions, especially those wasteful or unproductive. With timidity [...]
I don’t shrink from joy that Mubarak and Qaddafi are gone. Far from it. What gives me pause is the way revenge and frustration are meted out.
The sight of Mubarak in a cage or the way in which a mob bludgeoned Qaddafi to death is sickening. We had the Nuremberg Trials and the Eichmann Trials. Monsters were tried and executed.
This is pure and simple mob violence and an indicator of where the Arab Spring is going.
The Pathology of Double Standards Posted By Bruce Thornton URL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/21/the-pathology-of-double-standards/ The surreal moral idiocy that characterizes hatred of Israel is illustrated daily by states whose actions are shrugged away by the international media. Consider the recent Turkish invasion of northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish militants who killed 24 soldiers at [...]
5 Reasons Israel Should Have Rejected the Shalit Deal Posted By Ben Shapiro RL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/21/5-reasons-israel-should-have-rejected-the-shalit-deal/ On Tuesday in Israel, kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was finally returned to his family. Most Jews across the world celebrated – a man written off as dead had almost literally come back to the world of the [...]
URL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/21/ingrid-mattson-a-case-study-in-stealth-jihad/ In a recent column for Canada’s National Post, the invaluable Barbara Kay writes about one Ingrid Mattson, a Catholic who was raised in Kitchener, Ontario, converted to Islam, and went on to become a major figure in the North American Islamic establishment. Until recently she taught Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary, [...]
A Brave Rabbi Speaks Out Posted By Frontpagemag.com
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Editor’s note: The sermon below, delivered by Rabbi Schlomo Lewis of Atlanta on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, 2010, has been referred to as the “Sermon of the Century.”
“Ehr Kumt” (Yiddish for “He’s Coming”)
I thought long and I thought hard on whether to deliver the sermon I am about to share. We all wish to bounce happily out of shul on the High Holidays, filled with warm fuzzies, ready to gobble up our brisket, our honey cakes and our kugel. We want to be shaken and stirred – but not too much. We want to be guilt-schlepped – but not too much. We want to be provoked but not too much. We want to be transformed but not too much.
I get it, but as a rabbi I have a compelling obligation, a responsibility to articulate what is in my heart and what I passionately believe must be said and must be heard. And so, I am guided not by what is easy to say but by what is painful to express. I am guided not by the frivolous but by the serious. I am guided not by delicacy but by urgency.
We are at war. We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior. During WWII we didn’t refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters. We didn’t call the Gestapo, militants. We didn’t see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors. We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault. We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people.
More than Half of Afghans See NATO as Occupiers
Fully 60 percent of Afghans fear that the country will descend into civil war once NATO forces leave, but over half see the Western alliance as occupiers. A new survey carried out be the Konrad Adenauer Foundation has found that the mood in Afghanistan is worsening.
The troops are there, according to the mission statement, to “provide a secure environment for sustainable stability.” But 10 years after NATO entered Afghanistan to drive out al-Qaida and beat back the Taliban, a majority of the local population has come to see the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as little more than occupiers.
According to a survey published on Tuesday by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 56 percent of Afghans now see the foreign troop contingent as an occupying force. Furthermore, only 39 percent of those surveyed said they saw ISAF as a guarantee for security, well down from the 45 percent result found in the same survey in 2010. Fully 60 percent think that the country will descend into civil war once NATO forces withdraw.
The 99-Percent Solution By Roger Kimball http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/10/20/the_99-percent_solution_111750-full.html I’ve always had a soft spot for Karl Marx’s famous mot about Hegel’s observation that history repeats itself. “He forgot to add,” said the Caliph of Communism, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” What happens, then, the third time around? The 1960s certainly had [...]
Romney: Proficient but Unloved http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/280876 OKAY…BUT JUST BEING THE NON ROMNEY IS NOT ENOUGH TO DEFEAT OBAMA…WHERE IS THE GOP GOING?….RSK He would be an unusual vessel for a party overflowing with populist enthusiasms. It might have been Mitt Romney’s most revealing moment in all the Republican debates. Badgered by Texas governor Rick Perry, who [...]
Israel ‘ready to partially freeze West Bank building’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to partially freeze West Bank settlement building if it will bring the Palestinians back to direct talks, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday.
But the Palestinians said they were unaware of any such offer, and said that anything short of a full freeze would not be acceptable.
According to Haaretz, Netanyahu’s offer was made on Wednesday in a conversation with Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin who paid a surprise visit to the region earlier this week to try and coax the parties back to the negotiating table.