"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" - Ronald Reagan

New York

From the Shores of Tripoli to the Walls of Babylon, America continues to fight rogue states in league with terrorists.

The Shores of Tripoli
Robert McHenry, TCS Original Article

A significant anniversary has just passed us by, and if there was any mention of it in the press, I missed it. It's probably too late to hang up bunting and arrange for a parade to mark an event that happened 200 years ago last month, but surely it is always timely to relearn a bit of instructive history. And, notwithstanding Santayana's too-often repeated mot about forgetfulness and history repeating, it is sometimes possible to see in such repetition not error or futility but constancy.

Nothing has changed. Abbas is a weak leader on all fronts.

History Holds Its Breath
Mortimer B. Zuckerman, US News & World Report Original Article

It's a picnic on a volcano. Mount Etna has been erupting off and on for over 2 million years, and that's just about how it feels in the Middle East with the Arab-Israeli confrontation. Beneath the current calm, the lava boils, and a half-attentive world is deluded into thinking peace is finally on the way, following the death of the destructive Yasser Arafat and the election of the "constructive" Abu Mazen.