Monthly Archives:
March 2007

Will Joe Biden (and Dems) Apply Iraq Terrorism Lesson to Palestine?

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Sen. Joe Biden’s refrain these days is that the violence in Iraq requires a “political solution.” I.e., it’s not religious fanaticism, it’s not Islamofascism, it’s not a clash of civilizations, it’s not a war on terror; suicide bombers are motivated…

Michael Walzer on Jewish Identity: Jewish Writers for Jewish Readers!

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I’m surprised that I’ve seen no coverage of political theorist Michael Walzer’s lecture at Yivo Institute last month on the issue of Jewish identity: “Are We a People?” Surprised because it was such a strong lecture, and such a disturbing…

NBC’s Lisa Daniels Is Not a Rock Star

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The other night NBC Nightly News ran an attack on Wikipedia as being a kind of clown show. NBC said that increasingly Wikipedia is the go-to source for college kids. Then it said that Wikipedia is not composed by experts,…

Do Americans Have a Say About Apartheid in Hebron?

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M.J. Rosenberg of the Israel Policy Forum has a fine piece this week about Hebron (all but endorsing my view that the situation in the West Bank is worse than apartheid). This week 200 settlers in Hebron grabbed another building…

How the Prophetic Borges Prefigured the ‘Gospel of Judas’

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The other night I was reading a yellowed copy of Labyrinths, a (once-trendy) book of stories by Jorge Luis Borges (who died in ’86), when I came on the story “Three Versions of Judas” and was stunned to see that,…

How Zalmay Khalilzad Left Off Radicalism

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Zalmay Khalilzad is now a lock for the U.N. Ambassadorship. Smooth as a crocodile. Even looks like one. Here is a wonderful portrait of Khalilzad as a grad student in the late 70s, from Anne Norton’s book, Leo Strauss and…

Obama on Palestinian Suffering

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Yesterday’s Times had a fine piece on the politics of Barack Obama’s position re Palestinians. In a speech last weekend, Obama spoke of Palestinian suffering. The Times made clear this was a misstep. Yet by singling out Palestinian suffering on…

How Jews Change(d) America

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This morning I feel proudly Jewish. Not my usual response to the news. But today’s Times has an unbelievable story by Alan Schwarz about dementia felling former NFL great John Mackey and many other former football players; and it puts…

My Brand New Blog

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For the last year I blogged at the Observer, now I’m blogging on my own. I did the Observer blog for nothing with the hope that if it worked out, I’d get paid. After a year I asked for a…

Access to Christian Holy Sites in Occupied Territories

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Today Reuters reports on the flood of Christian Arabs who are leaving the Occupied Territories because of the issue of access to holy sites, including the fact that Bethlehem is surrounded by the towering security fence, and it’s hard to…

My New Blog

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Here I am, on my own now.