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Patriots, Then and Now By Peggy Noonan OpinionJournal

Patriots, Then and Now
With nations as with people, love them or lose them.

Thursday, March 30, 2006 12:01 a.m.

I had a great experience the other night. I met some of the 114 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. It was at their annual dinner, held, as it has been the past four years, at the New York Stock Exchange.

The Last Helicopter By Amir Taheri

The Wall Street Journal

'The Last Helicopter'
March 29, 2006; Page A18

Hassan Abbasi has a dream -- a helicopter doing an arabesque in cloudy skies to avoid being shot at from the ground. On board are the last of the "fleeing Americans," forced out of the Dar al-Islam (The Abode of Islam) by "the Army of Muhammad." Presented by his friends as "The Dr. Kissinger of Islam," Mr. Abbasi is "professor of strategy" at the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps University and, according to Tehran sources, the principal foreign policy voice in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's new radical administration.

It Didn't Work By William F. Buckley Jr.

February 24, 2006, 2:51 p.m.
It Didn’t Work

"I can tell you the main reason behind all our woes — it is America." The New York Times reporter is quoting the complaint of a clothing merchant in a Sunni stronghold in Iraq. "Everything that is going on between Sunni and Shiites, the troublemaker in the middle is America."

One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. The same edition of the paper quotes a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Reuel Marc Gerecht backed the American intervention. He now speaks of the bombing of the especially sacred Shiite mosque in Samara and what that has precipitated in the way of revenge. He concludes that “The bombing has completely demolished” what was being attempted — to bring Sunnis into the defense and interior ministries.

An Indivisible Right By Christopher Hitchens

The Wall Street Journal

February 23, 2006


An Indivisible Right
February 23, 2006; Page A16

It is best not to mince words. The imprisonment of David Irving by the Austrian authorities is a disgrace. It is a state punishment for a crime -- that of expression and argument and publication -- that is not a legal offense in Mr. Irving's country of birth and that could not be an offense under the U.S. Constitution. It is to be hoped, by all those who value the right to dissent, that his appeal against both sentence and conviction will be successful.

How Muslim Clerics Stirred Arab World By Andrew Higgins

The Wall Street Journal

How Muslim Clerics Stirred Arab World Against Denmark
Newspaper Cartoons Unite Religious, Secular Forces;
Dossier Fans the Flames
February 7, 2006; Page A1

COPENHAGEN – When Flemming Rose, the cultural editor at Denmark's leading newspaper, published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad late last September, he got an angry telephone call from a local Muslim news vendor who said he had removed the paper from his shelves in protest.

The complaint didn't cause much alarm. "We get calls every day from people complaining about something," recalls Mr. Rose. Anger over the cartoons, he figured, would flare out in "two or three days."

Today, the 47-year-old editor has a security-service escort when he appears in public. He has received death threats and gets insulted by strangers on the street. His newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, evacuated its offices twice last week after anonymous bomb threats.

Misadventures in Cloning by Pamela R. Winnick

The Weekly Standard

Misadventures in Cloning
Woo-Suk Hwang's American collaborator.
by Pamela R. Winnick
02/06/2006, Volume 011, Issue 20

ON JANUARY 12, THE renowned journal Science retracted two articles written by South Korean scientist Woo-Suk Hwang, one published in February 2004 and a related piece--this one with an American "senior author"--published in May 2005. Both papers detailed an astonishing breakthrough in cloning research: Not only had a human embryo been cloned, but--far more significantly for regenerative medicine--stem cells had been extracted from the clones. Researchers hoped that such genetically identical, patient-specific stem cells could someday be implanted in sick people to regenerate cells destroyed by Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, spinal-cord injury, and a variety of other degenerative diseases, benefiting millions.

False Prophet By Ilan Berman

January 19, 2006, 8:21 a.m.

False Prophet
Ahmadinejad is bad news for the world.

By Ilan Berman

Thank goodness for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In five short months, Iran's radical new president has managed to do what legions of policy analysts and intelligence warnings have not: jolt the world awake to the growing global threat posed by an ascendant Iran.

Since taking office on August 4, 2005, Ahmadinejad has unapologetically steered Iran onto an all-too-familiar foreign-policy course. In October, he caused an international furor when, speaking at a major anti-Zionism conference in Tehran, he declared that the state of Israel was a "tumor" that should be "wiped off the map." Undeterred, Ahmadinejad used a subsequent televised address in early December to undertake a debunking of the "myth" of the Holocaust. Most recently, he has launched a rhetorical war on Israel, calling for the "relocation" of the Jewish state from the Middle East to either Canada or Europe.

Left Aside By Eli Lake

Left Aside

January 19, 2006

Now would be a good time for the peace community to sober up and find a conscience. After failing numerous moral tests after September 11, 2001, the academic left, the anti-war agitators have an opportunity with Iran. Here is a regime that has in the past two years stolen two elections, installed a fundamentalist president intent on making war abroad and destroying dissent at home, pursuing an atomic bomb.

A Lesson at the Old Bailey By Daniel Johnson

A Lesson at the Old Bailey

January 19, 2006

In its pathological hatred of Jews, Islamism is indistinguishable from Nazism. By reminding the world of this fact, Abu Hamza has done us all a favor.

As some readers in New York will be aware, the Egyptian-born Muslim preacher is standing trial at the Old Bailey, London's Central Criminal Court, on terrorism charges that include nine counts of soliciting to murder Jews and other non-Muslims.

Minus the prosthetic hooks that normally replace his hands - they were blown off along with one eye in a bomb-making accident before he settled in London - Mr. Hamza looks less threatening than he did in the 570 video and 2,700 audio tapes of his sermons, some of which the court has been watching and hearing. Like anybody else, he is innocent until proved guilty as charged.

But the content of those sermons leaves no doubt that Mr. Hamza's anti-Semitism is of a kind that would have fitted into the pages of Der Sturmer, the pornographic Nazi newspaper, even down to his macabre sense of humor.

Terrorists on Tap By Victoria Toensing

The Wall Street Journal

Terrorists on Tap
January 19, 2006; Page A14

In a speech this week, former vice president Al Gore took another swing at the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance program, which monitors international communications when one party is affiliated with terrorists. Specifically, Mr. Gore argued that George Bush "has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently," and that such actions might constitute an impeachable offense. The question he raises is whether the president illegally bypassed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). But the real issue is national security: FISA is as adept at detecting -- and, thus, preventing -- a terrorist attack as a horse-and-buggy is at getting us from New York to Paris.

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