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Saturday, August 19, 2006
The Week's Excellent Readings
The Middle East and terrorist capers nearer the US are very prominent in this week's list, but Elmo -- yes, the whiny Sesame Street thing -- makes an appearance, too.
Suzanne Fields explains how anti-Semitism is self-destructive.
Burt Prelutsky says the decline of America began with the rise of the euphemism.
Jack Kelly explains how the Middle East cease-fire is only temporary and may not, in fact, have been completely stupid. His analysis of the Israeli political leadership's recipe for failure is plausible.
In a subsequent article, Jack Kelly tallies the wins, losses, gains, and failures.
Charles Krauthammer writes of the UN's impotence and some recent developments on the ground in Lebanon.
Michael Medved writes very intelligently of radical Islam's causes and suggests an antidote one doesn't hear every day -- one which would be completely unacceptable to the Left, of course. But they don't think we're at war, anyway.
Walter Williams reports Richard Pipes' thoughts on communists and anti-anti-communists in academia. Sound thoughts, they are, too, as not as outdated as the word communist might suggest.
"Elmo is an Evildoer"? Somewhere in the hilarity, Joel Stein has a point.
Islamamok I: The Cease-Fire, the UN, and Implications
See also "Favorites" above.
Caroline B. Glick explains why the recent cease-fire agreement constitutes near-total victory for Hezbollah.
Clear thinker that he is, Thomas Sowell is no fan of Middle East cease-fires.
Jonah Goldberg says the enemy is not going away anytime soon, even if we are in denial.
Michael Barone quotes some interesting thoughts by Michael Freund on the harm the current (recent?) war has done to Iran -- among other interesting matter.
Niall Ferguson defends the UN to a point, but wonders about its suitability to address aggressors which are not nation-states.
Michelle Malkin adds some fairly damning information to the "fauxtography" scandal.
I ought to quote Mona Charen's entire article . . . but here's an excerpt.
Islamamok II: The Liquid Bomb Plot, Profiling, Etc.
According to Terence Jeffrey, one of the lessons of the Liquid Bomb Plot is that terrorists can be produced in an open, democratic, prosperous society.
Michael Barone writes of cognitive dissonance on the Left, caused by last week's breakup of a plot to blow up airliners. Maybe there really is a war going on? (Duh!)
Linda Chavez says there is a war, and we're losing it.
Jonah Goldberg describes the extraordinary measures the US seems willing to take instead of admitting that most terrorists fit a certain age, gender, religious, and racial profile.
Kathleen Parker argues for profiling.
So does Paul Weyrich.
Debra J. Saunders says profiling is actually dangerous, and also suggests we learn to distinguish between nuisances and hardships.
John Yoo discusses data mining as an anti-terrorist weapon.
Islamamok III: Pollyanna, Policy, Etc.
See also "Favorites" above.
Diana West calls Secretary of State Rice "Pollyanna" and US Middle East policy increasingly "reality challenged."
And here, "Pollyanna" (Secretary Rice) herself writes.
Islamamok IV: The Mike Wallace Interview
Dennis Prager has some questions for Iran's chief kook that Mike Wallace did not ask in his interview.
Jeff Jacoby reports on some of the questions Wallace did ask.
National Politics: The Independent Lieberman
Michael Barone writes that Senator Joe Lieberman is at odds with his party about more than his support for the war in Iraq.
Robert Novak says Joe Lieberman isn't such a great loss, after all. (Note to Mr. Novak: It's not just about the votes.)
Paul Greenberg says the Democratic Party is headed over a cliff.
The New Republic's Jason Zengerle has that publication's typical left-skewed political spectrum -- Ned Lamont is allegedly "mainstream" -- but his analysis of Senator Lieberman's new campaign as an independent is nonetheless interesting.
National Politics: Miscellany
The people keep voting for term limits, but their elected representatives, John Fund writes, keep trying to overturn those votes.
Ten years after the 1996 welfare reform, Clarence Page evaluates its effects.
Kathryn Lopez says Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold may be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008.
Jonathan V. Last recounts the backlash in many states in the first year after the Supreme Court's Kelo decision (related to eminent domain).
John Stossel begins,
Rich Karlgaard discusses the "Democrats' War on Wal-Mart."
Thomas Sowell analyzes claims to discrimination in the wake of courts' decicisions opposing gay marriage.
Tom Purcell is having a nightmare -- or is he?
Paul Greenberg heard something stunning -- and hopeful -- on NPR.
Rebecca Hagelin says that parents are ultimately at fault if their children are exposed to Internet sleaze at home.
"I wasn't aborted," writes Julia Gorin -- who, statistically speaking, should have been. There's a dismal picture here of Soviet Russia, among other things.
Miscellany (John Leo Gets the Category to Himself)
John Leo's farewell column includes this paragraph:
American Fork and Environs
This Amy Choate-Nielsen story in the Deseret News touts the success of American Fork's most prominent commercial development, "The Meadows."
Copyright 2006 by David Rodeback.