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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.

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.

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.

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.

Revolutionary, and Conservative By Christopher Hitchens

The Wall Street Journal

Revolutionary, and Conservative
January 17, 2006; Page A16

It might seem a little extreme to compare the Philadelphia of the 18th century A.D. with the Athens of the fifth century B.C., but seldom can any one city have been the center of so much learning, inquiry and innovation. And not just a center -- for work in astronomy, medicine, law and other fields -- but also a magnet. When Joseph Priestley, the virtual discoverer of oxygen, had his laboratory smashed by the mob that shouted "Church and King," he quit Birmingham, England, and removed his scientific instruments and his heretical religious opinions to Philadelphia. So did Thomas Paine, the self-taught customs officer and designer of the first iron bridge. Paine, the moral author of the Declaration of Independence, was lucky in his timing but also lucky in his patronage. Across the Atlantic, he bore with him a letter of recommendation from Dr. Benjamin Franklin in London. And if Philadelphia was Athens at all, then Franklin was, as well as its senior citizen, its Socrates.

When Torture Is Necessary By Hillel Halkin

When Torture Is Necessary

December 27, 2005

From the perspective of Israel, whose high court quite sensibly permitted in a 1998 ruling the use of "moderate physical force" in the interrogation of terrorist suspects, there is something both impressive and slightly surreal about the debate on torture that has been going on in the United States. Impressive because, at least in part, its intellectual level - one thinks, for example, of the recent exchange between Charles Krauthammer, writing in The Weekly Standard, and Andrew Sullivan, taking issue with him in The New Republic - has been very high. In Israel, which has known similar arguments over the years, they rarely have risen above the level of journalistic advocacy.

An 'Overgrown Schoolboy' Asks: Where Is the Car? By James Bone

The Wall Street Journal

An 'Overgrown Schoolboy' Asks:
Where Is the Car?

December 27, 2005; Page A20

NEW YORK -- Kofi Annan, U.N. secretary-general and Nobel peace laureate, is normally the meekest of diplomats. He is so accommodating he once described Saddam Hussein as a man "I can do business with." These days he spends a good deal of time on the phone with Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Yet he seems to have a problem with me.

It was with some amusement that I found myself the target of a decidedly undiplomatic tirade by the U.N. chief at a news conference last week. The usually mild Mr. Annan erupted in an ad hominem attack, calling me "cheeky" and belittling me as an "overgrown schoolboy." Although I have covered the U.N. in minute detail for The Times of London since 1988, and have known Mr. Annan for almost all that time, he suggested I was not a "serious journalist."

The Truth About Tenet By Michael Ledeen

National Review Online
December 19, 2005, 8:33 a.m.

The Truth About Tenet
James Jesus Angleton explains it all.

"Oh, come on! You expect me to believe that?"

I was recently back at the ouija board with my old friend, the late James Jesus Angleton, once upon a time the head of CIA Counterintelligence. I had wanted to talk to him about the latest warnings from the interminable 9/11 Commission, a.k.a. The Monologue That Will Not Die, that we hadn't done enough with homeland security. I knew his view of the commission was much like mine — namely that these guys need a day job. Or maybe a Caribbean cruise. Or maybe a proper spanking. But he didn't want any of it, he was all worked up over Iran, and he had a wild theory about what was going on.

Dealing With Irrational Iran By Hillel Halkin

Dealing With Irrational Iran

December 13, 2005

How is one to think about Iranian nuclear weapons and Israel? Two things should be clear, even if all the rest is arguable:

1. The current regime in Iran would happily carry out its threats to destroy Israel if it believed that, once it acquired nuclear weapons, it could get away with it.

2. Israel would therefore be entirely justified, morally and legally, in attacking and destroying Iranian nuclear installations if it believed it could get away with it.

Noble Cause by William J. Stuntz

The New Republic Online


Noble Cause
by William J. Stuntz

Only at TNR Online
Post date: 12.06.05

In 1861 Abraham Lincoln led what was left of his country to war to restore "the Union as it was," to use the popular phrase of the time. Free navigation of the Mississippi River, the right to collect customs duties in Southern ports, the status of a pair of coastal forts in South Carolina and Florida--these were the issues over which young American men got down to the business of killing one another that sad summer.

It was all a pipe dream. "The Union as it was" was gone, forever. Events proved William Tecumseh Sherman--the prophet of that war--right, and everyone else wrong: An ocean of blood would be required to reunite the United States, and once that blood was spilled, the country over which James Buchanan had presided was as dead as the soldiers whose corpses littered the battlefields of Shiloh and Gettysburg, Antietam and Cold Harbor.

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