In July 2004, Zogby International Surveys interviewed 3,300 Arabs in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Asked to identify “the best thing that comes to mind about America,” almost all of the respondents replied: “Nothing at all.”
Since then, according to Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, Read More
As Connecticut Democrats went to their polling places to choose a Senate nominee, waves of rhetorical hysteria burst forth from the mouths of excitable conservatives. At stake in the primary was not only the fate of a single politician, they cried, but the very “soul of the Democratic Party” and perhaps even the fate of Read More
in Bosnia: Cultural Comedies and Political Tragedies , by Lawrence Weschler.
Pantheon Books, 432 pages, $25.95.
After a fair amount of discussion with folk on neighboring
treadmills, the word I’ve finally settled upon is “excellentric.” It adds a
dash of excellence to the high art of being eclectic, while connoting the
expertise that Read More
Lately, I’ve come to think that I don’t talk enough about the positives of dating. For example, it was on a date that I learned how to fold a $5 bill so that you get a hologram effect of Abraham Lincoln smiling, then frowning. I also learned about Israel’s Internet industry, and that Uncle Junior Read More
The world is never properly grateful for the services we do
it. We throw cruise missiles into Belgrade and bring Milosevic to heel. But
then the gallant Kosovars, whom we saved from ethnic cleansing, turn around and
start cleansing Slavs over the border in neighboring Macedonia. Why won’t these
swarthy peasants read their Federalist
Papers Read More
Let us hope that Colin Powell has the courage to insist on
his convictions, even if that should result some day in his resignation as
Secretary of State. Although unnamed “White House aides” reassuringly insist
that the former general’s public disagreements with Dick Cheney and Donald
Rumsfeld are nothing worse than an early policy shakeout, Read More
I spent the last days of the old century reading about the time and place where it all began, it being the now departed 1900′s. Academics and those who wish they were (and even a few who are glad they aren’t) are fond of saying that the 20th century didn’t really begin until a Serbian Read More
There’s an old expression that says, “Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual.” But if you happen to find yourself standing in the cockpit of a B-2 stealth bomber-as I did recently-you may be intrigued to learn that the costliest, most sophisticated aircraft ever built by mankind does, in fact, come with a relatively simple Read More
Now that President Clinton has won it, will he call Kosovo a war?
Let us look at the other winners and losers, all mixed.
America . America, leading NATO, forced the Yugoslav Army to withdraw from Kosovo at hardly any cost in lives or even comfort. Two of our soldiers died in a helicopter Read More
Commenting on the Allied campaign against the Milosevic regime is not, of course, an activity restricted to those who have any personal knowledge of the situation. Pundits who had never heard of Kosovo before last winter now speak with assurance about the conflict there. Informed views are harder to find. But the other day, someone Read More