Tuesday Jun 04, 2013
Turkey is the latest point of fascination for those who dream about the spread of democracy in the Middle East.
The reportage and commentary is more subdued than what came in response to the demonstrations that began more than two years ago. Deaths climbing toward or above 100,000 in Syria, continued unrest in Egypt, and not especially good news from Libya and Yemen may contribute to the greater incidence of questions and multiple scenarios...
Saturday Jun 01, 2013
Things have never been better for many of us.
Europeans are quarreling rather than killing one another.
Jews are capable of reaching the top of virtually all professions, with decent housing and no worry about gentlemen's agreements or restrictive covenants, and safe from plunder and pogroms.
Life expectancy and other good stuff are at historic heights in much of the world.
No longer do we tell our children and...
Thursday May 30, 2013
Jews have been arguing among themselves since before they were called Jews, or had decided what Judaism was supposed to be.
Jews make their arguments the subject of comedy. Anti-Semites take them as one more reason to hate the Jews.
Remember that Abraham left home. We can assume that he had trouble with his father. Moses quarreled with God and then with the people called Hebrews or Israelites. The folks allowed to return to...
Monday May 27, 2013
It is unwise to invest too seriously as a consumer of political rhetoric. Politicians lie. They must, in order to serve diverse constituencies. Party platforms are designed to up the enthusiasm of those already committed. "Singing to the choir" pretty much summarizes what goes in election campaigns, with parties appealing to their own supporters and slinging nasty stuff at adversaries in order to please their own voters.
Saturday May 25, 2013
Will President Obama's speech at the National Defense University this week rank with his speech in Cairo that called for freedom, liberty, and democracy, or George W. Bush's speeches that promised democracy in Iraq and later declared victory?
Bluster or wisdom? is an appropriate question to ask of an American president, fated to comment and to affect things far beyond the prospects of any intimate knowledge of places that...