So I believe, compulsorily and satirically, in the existence of this absurd world; but as to the existence of a better world, or of hidden reason in this one, I am incredulous, or rather, I am critically sceptical; because it is not difficult to see the familiar motives that lead men to invent such myths. George Santayana

Basket Case ~ Editorial

Basket Case

New York Sun Staff Editorial
December 26, 2006
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/45702

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

GLOBAL VIEW
By BRET STEPHENS

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
By MICHAEL B. OREN

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
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/45413

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
By BRET STEPHENS

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

IRAQ: IT'S TIME TO TAKE SIDES

By RALPH PETERS

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.

Majority Maker By Kimberley A. Strassel

THE WEEKEND INTERVIEW

Majority Maker
Chuck Schumer: "If we are seen as just blocking the president, it will not serve us well in 2008."

BY KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
Saturday, November 11, 2006 12:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON--Sen. Chuck Schumer, the architect of the Democrats' Senate win this week, has only just heard that Virginia has fallen and that his party is officially in control. He's in an irrepressible mood, and a chatty one--neither particularly out of character--and even gets to musing about family life and the benefits of having lots of children. "I wanted four. My wife wanted two. We compromised at two," he says, with a wry smile that suggests this famously stubborn New Yorker does know how to bend--when he's up against a tough enough foe.

Speaker Pelosi ~ Editorial

The Wall Street Journal

Speaker Pelosi
November 9, 2006
; Page A14

Tuesday's Democratic election victory was by any measure decisive, yet in the perspective of history also unsurprising. In the sixth year of a two-term Presidency, Americans rebuked Republicans on Capitol Hill who had forgotten their principles and a President who hasn't won the Iraq war he started. While a thumping defeat for the GOP, the vote was about competence, not ideological change.

Tuesday’s Ultimatum By William F. Buckley Jr.

National Review Online

November 08, 2006, 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday’s Ultimatum

By William F. Buckley Jr.

Partisans (both Democrats and Republicans) grieve especially, on Election Day Plus One, for individual legislators defeated, men and women, however few, who inspired confidence for whatever reason. Tenacity and right-mindedness, in the case of Rick Santorum. Geniality of intellect and an aura of idealism-in-hand, in the case of Jim Talent.

But on the big picture, what should one say, other than that if it hadn’t happened, democratic governance would have been guilty of being asleep at the wheel?

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