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Bethlehem's Second Coming By Daniel Johnson

Bethlehem's Second Coming

December 28, 2006

What's in a name? In the case of Bethlehem, a great deal. Few names on earth can compare in resonance to the birthplace of both King David and Jesus Christ. And the resonance of a place name can be a powerful weapon in the wrong hands.

Just before Christmas, the heads of the Anglican and Catholic churches in England — respectively, the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor — led a delegation of all the main Christian denominations in Britain on a visit to Bethlehem. Their mission was supposedly to draw attention to the plight of Christians there. Instead, they allowed themselves to become tools of Islamist propaganda. Here is how it happened.

The Right Type of "Surge" by Jack Keane & Frederick W. Kagan

The Weekly Standard

The Right Type of "Surge"
Any troop increase must be large and lasting.
by Jack Keane & Frederick W. Kagan

12/27/2006 2:00:00 PM

REPORTS ON the Bush administration's efforts to craft a new strategy in Iraq often use the term "surge" but rarely define it. Estimates of the number of troops to be added in Baghdad range from fewer than 10,000 to more than 30,000. Some "surges" would last a few months, others a few years.

We need to cut through the confusion. Bringing security to Baghdad--the essential precondition for political compromise, national reconciliation and economic development--is possible only with a surge of at least 30,000 combat troops lasting 18 months or so. Any other option is likely to fail.

Be Fruitful and Multiply By Mark Steyn

Be Fruitful and Multiply

December 26, 2006

Suppose for a moment that the birth in Bethlehem that Christians celebrate this week never happened — that it is, as the secularists would have it, mere mumbo-jumbo, superstition, a myth. In other words, consider it not as an event but as a narrative. You want to launch a big new global movement from scratch. So what do you use?

Basket Case ~ Editorial

Basket Case

New York Sun Staff Editorial
December 26, 2006

The most encouraging thing about U.N. Security Council Resolution 1737, the sanctions on Iran that were passed over the weekend, is that the American under secretary of state for political affairs, Nicholas Burns, greeted it with the declaration, "We don't think this resolution is enough in itself. We want the international community to take further action, and we're certainly not going to put all of our eggs in a U.N. basket."

Why We're 'Not Winning' By Bret Stephens

The Wall Street Journal


Why We're 'Not Winning'
December 26, 2006; Page A13

President Bush startled reporters when he acknowledged in a recent interview that we are "not winning" in Iraq, after long insisting we were. That doesn't go far enough. Even as we are stalemated in Iraq, the gains the administration previously made in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon and Palestine are steadily being eroded. Maybe it's a case of returning to the mean. Most people would call it losing.

So was the invasion of Iraq the original sin? Certainly not. What's happening, rather, is that we are suffering the consequences of policy mistakes of relatively recent vintage.

Jimmy Carter's Book: Two Views

The Wall Street Journal

Jimmy Carter's Book:
An Israeli View

December 26, 2006; Page A12

Several prominent scholars have taken issue with Jimmy Carter's book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," cataloguing its historical inaccuracies and lamenting its lack of balance. The journalist Jeffrey Goldberg also critiqued the book's theological purpose, which, he asserted, was to "convince American Evangelicals to reconsider their support for Israel."

Image of the week

Rabbi Moishe Arye Friedman, left, shakes hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at last week's Holocaust conference. Mr. Ahmedinejad has called the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jewish people a 'myth.' (The New York Sun)

Cozying to Iran, Chasidic Group Draws Ridicule By Gabrielle Birkner

Cozying to Iran, Chasidic Group Draws Ridicule

BY GABRIELLE BIRKNER - Staff Reporter of the Sun
December 19, 2006

When the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, last week hosted a conference meant to cast doubt on whether the Holocaust took place, it was no surprise to see Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and prominent Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel among the conferees. But what was a group of New York Jews in black hats, long black coats, and beards doing meeting with the Iranian president who has called the Holocaust "a myth" and stated publicly his desire to "wipe Israel off the map"?

The Road to Tehran By Bret Stephens

The Wall Street Journal

The Road to Tehran

December 16, 2006; Page A10

"Not acceptable," says Ban Ki Moon, new Secretary-General of the United Nations. "Repulsive," say the editors of Britain's Guardian newspaper. "An insult . . . to the memory of millions of Jews," says Hillary Rodham Clinton. Global polite society is in an uproar over the Holocaust conference organized this week in Tehran under the auspices of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Moral denunciation is what reasonable people do -- what they must do -- when a regime that avows the future extermination of six million Jews in Israel denies the past extermination of six million Jews in Europe. But let's be frank: Global polite society has been blazing its own merry trail toward this occasion for decades.

Iraq: It's Time To Take Sides By Ralph Peters

New York Post



December 14, 2006 -- AMERICAN diplomats and politically correct gener als want to be honest bro kers in the Middle East, to achieve peace through forbearance and negotiated compromises. It may be the most-hopeless dream in the history of foreign affairs.

The deadly hatred goes too deep between Shia and Sunni (killing Jews is just for practice). You can't broker peace between fanatics.

East of Athens, you have to pick a side and stick to it, no matter how it behaves toward its enemies. Restraint is viewed as weakness; olive branches signal cowardice, and aid is seen as a bribe.

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