Category Archives: June 2007

The Passions of the Left

CIA’s new revelations fans the flames of “progressive” myths of our past

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

The publication of the CIA’s “family jewels” — the record of its domestic spying, hare-brained plots against Castro, and mind-control experiments, among other oddities — is sure to add fuel to that roaring bonfire of a myth that so-called “progressives” have been warming their egos at for forty years. Read more →

More Middle East Madness

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

“The Palestinian people will never forgive the Hamas gangs for looting the home of the Palestinian people’s great leader, Yasser Arafat.” So Palestinian Authority spokesman Abdel Rahman recently exclaimed. “This crime will remain a stain of disgrace on the forehead of Hamas and its despicable gangs.” Read more →

Hypocrisy That Undermines Civilization

by Victor Davis Hanson

Real Clear Politics

There is only a thin veneer that separates civilization from man’s innate barbarity. Some 2,500 years ago the historian Thucydides once warned us about the irony of revolutionaries and insurrectionists destroying this fragile patina of culture, as if they themselves might be exempt from ever wanting it back again. Read more →

Reactionary Amnesia

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

“Mess,” “fiasco,” “disaster,” “blunder,” and “catastrophe.”

Fill in the blanks with almost any stock noun of gloom these days when speaking about Iraq. Read more →

Wanted

Coptic minorities fleeing religious persecution in Egypt

by Raymond Ibrahim

Private Papers

Lest you think that the U.S. court system has made humanitarian considerations its first priority, as evidenced by the recent court ruling to release from military custody Ali Saleh al Marri — an al-Qaeda sleeper agent who was trained in Osama bin Laden’s training camps — one need look no further than to the equally recent court decision to deport Sameh Khouzam, a Copt who (like many before him) fled the notorious religious persecution and torture chambers of Egypt nine years ago to seek asylum in the U.S., only to find that the legal system that is humane enough to release al Marri, a man whose sole purpose for being in the U.S. was to kill Americans,  plans on sending him, Khouzam, back to Egypt where he faces certain torture, if not death.  Read more →

Who Is Illiberal on Immigration

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

The collapse last week of a comprehensive immigration bill in Congress that called for a huge guest-worker program, fast-track visas and a sort of earned citizenship for illegal aliens has unleashed a backlash against those opponents of it who prefer to close the border first and legislate the details of illegal immigration later. Read more →

Murder in Gaza: Why Israel and not Fatah is Demonized

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

In Gaza the fighting between Fatah and Hamas has escalated to the point of all-out civil war, replete with dead women and children, kneecapping, and handcuffed prisoners thrown from roofs. Read more →

Honesty About Iraq

How are we doing?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The United States can usually win even postmodern wars abroad if it can play to its strengths — which are marshaling our enormous material, intelligence, and technological advantages to defeat the enemy before he inflicts enough casualties to convince an affluent and comfortable public at home that such losses are simply not worth the envisioned aims. Read more →

The Other D-Day

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

Sixty-three years ago this week, we landed on the Normandy beaches. As on each anniversary of June 6, 1944, much has been written to commemorate the bravery and competence of the victorious Anglo-American forces. Read more →

G-8 Precipice

It’s a different world.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The fitting geological metaphor for the so-called G-8 meeting in Germany is not a summit, but a precipice — as the world’s leaders scramble around to grab something before one of them falls into the abyss. Read more →