http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/egypts_example.html How many revolutions does a nation need to correct its course? Some nations undergo the pain of one revolution and flourish, while others achieve change by allowing themselves to evolve through self-examination, correction, awakening, and enlightenment, followed by a working consensus on the course the country will take. But when it comes to much […]
Camille Paglia, from an interview with Salon.com, posted Aug. 21:
Q: Any hopes, fears or predictions for the presidential elections in 2016?
A: As a registered Democrat, I am praying for a credible presidential candidate to emerge from the younger tier of politicians in their late 40s. A governor with executive experience would be ideal. It’s time to put my baby-boom generation out to pasture! We’ve had our day and managed to muck up a hell of a lot.
It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party’s best chance. She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished—beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She’s certainly busy, busy and ever on the move—with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts.
RENOWNED PHYSICIST, DR. HAIM HARARI IS FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE IN ISRAEL. THIS COLUMN WAS PRESENTED AT A FOREIGN POLICY FORUM….RSK
The dominant country, in one of the most important regions of the world, experienced several years of tumultuous unrest, mass demonstrations, brutality, murders and chaos. This was followed by a parliamentary election, won by an extremist right wing party, whose demagoguery appealed to the lowest common denominator of the voters.
The party received the largest popular vote and the largest number of seats in the parliament, but not an absolute majority. Its leader, formerly jailed by a previous regime, was installed as head of the government. The program of action of the new ruling party was sometimes openly declared, and often whispered in code language, but it was unambiguously stated in published books and documents prior to the election. It aimed at suppressing all competing political forces, by brutal means, if necessary. It also advocated the creation of a large “living space” for the people led by it, creating an empire, and controlling various territories in Europe that were formerly occupied by its allies. It advocated and practiced a strong policy of discrimination against minority groups, ethnic, religious and others, and it explicitly intended to murder the entire world Jewish population.
The naïve democratic western powers largely ignored the clearly stated plans of the new ruling party. They talked themselves into believing that these were just an exaggerated form of political rhetoric, not meant as a real concrete strategy. They welcomed the democratically elected government, believing that the winning party had some components, which were not as evil as it might appear, and they remained passive as the new regime gradually proceeded with its agenda, step by step. This misguided western attitude was shared by conservatives, liberals and socialists, from the moderate right and moderate left in Western Europe and the United States.
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=5429 Last week, while the first batch of Palestinian terrorists was being released from Israeli jails, the Palestinian Authority was too busy condemning Israel to express satisfaction. This is because the Israeli government had approved the construction of hundreds of new houses in east Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. The plans to build these new units […]
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/vladimir-tismaneanu/the-soviet-invasion-of-czechoslovakia-45-years-later/ In August 1968, the Warsaw Pact tanks and half a million-strong military killed the Prague Spring. It was not simply the end of a daring political experiment, but also a gigantic defeat for the dreams of reconciling communism and democracy. Marxist revisionism, the utopian endeavor to rediscover the presumably forgotten thesaurus of left-wing radicalism, suffered […]
http://mosaicmagazine.com/supplemental/2013/08/how-to-survive-as-a-jew-in-sweden/?utm_source=Mosaic+Daily+Email&utm_campaign=6ec50fcfa7-Mosaic_2013_8_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b0517b2ab-6ec50fcfa7-41165129 The following, written as a private letter to Michel Gurfinkiel, appears here by permission of the author. Dear Mr. Gurfinkiel, On April 26 of this year, I was on a train with my five-year-old son Charlie. We were on our way to spend shabbat with friends in the city. You see, our town, significant […]
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/356306/attacking-enemies-islam-andrew-c-mccarthy There is a reason why it is often said that there are no good choices for the United States in Egypt. In my weekend column, I argued that there are only two realistic alternatives at the moment. The first is the self-defeating option popular with the Obama administration and the GOP’s erratic McCain wing: […]
URL to article: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/08/21/why-the-failure-of-egypts-secular-army-to-protect-coptic-churches-matters/ Expatriate Egyptian Coptic Christian writer Samuel Tadros has just observed how Egypt’s Copts—the country’s indigenous, pre-Arab Islamic jihad inhabitants—have been under siege by a recent spate of Muslim Brotherhood inspired and led church burnings, which punctuates the worst outbreak of anti-Coptic Muslim violence since the era of Muslim Mamluk rule (i.e., […]
http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/louis-bene-beres/if-you-like-syria-youll-love-palestine/2012/06/01/0/?print With the ongoing revelations about Syrian regime atrocities, regional and global attention has seemingly shifted from more usual concerns about Palestinian statehood. Nonetheless, the two issues are closely related, especially in their common reflection of irremediable fragmentations in the Arab world and in their resultant propensities for escalating violence and cruelty. To be sure, […]
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/novelists-view-world/2013/aug/21/egypts-army-pharaoh-we-can-cheer/ NEW YORK, August 21, 2013 — Morsi is down. Mubarak is up. Welcome to the Middle East. An hour from now it could go the other way. But as of the moment, Islamist and former president Mohamed Morsi is still in jail. Meanwhile, non-Islamist and former president/strongman Hosni Mubarak is being released from jail. […]