George Bush is being stubborn. He should change the strategy, indeed he should call again upon the bold neoconservative imagination that helped envision our invasion in the first place, and take a page from the book of our main Middle East ally, Israel, when it found itself in possession of a hunk of Arab lands, Read More
I left Israel last summer with the awareness that the people there live in misery. I was moved by a friend’s grim summary of the situation: “The Arabs don’t want us here, they just don’t. So we have to accept that there will be one war after another.” One war after another? That’s misery.
David Read More
I have a fantasy about Chris Matthews. It’s the 1980s and the height of the violent “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and Hardball is on. Matthews goes to political turf he knows well, Irish Boston, and gathers a group of American Catholic activists on air. Then he screws these guys to the wall. He asks them Read More
HAIFA—Cpl. Michael Mizrahi’s Merkava tank crew had given up. After an hour-long search through the warrens of the southern Lebanese village of Kila for a Hezbollah missile squad, the tank gunner awaited new orders.
Then the anti-tank rocket came bursting out of a nearby school, slamming into the tank’s right flank in between the gunner Read More
ERICA: Call me crazy, but I assumed just giving my bridesmaids a color and allowing them to choose ANY dress, ANY style or ANY length they wanted was a fairly easy request. I actually gave myself a pat on the back for being such a progressive bride. Little did I know that by choosing white Read More
The war in Lebanon and Israel doesn’t have much to do with Lebanon, and scarcely more to do with Israel.
Lebanon is a land of ancient identities. If you follow events there at all, you come across the name of Walid Jumblat, the Druse leader. But Mr. Jumblat is not just the Druse in Read More
In a recent column, neocon Daniel Pipes openly questions the loyalties of British Muslims.
Polling indicates that a majority of Muslims perceive a conflict between their British and Muslim identities. Two polls show that only a small proportion identifies itself first as a British (7% and 12%), but they differ widely on the Read More
This is about the power of ideas. The neocons were on the outs for a long time after Reagan left office. To their credit, they lived quietly in their cells exchanging crazily logical ideas about the Middle East—and were well paid to do so. They won over a lot of Democrats. Then through a concatenation Read More
When I tuned in C-Span for the White House briefing today, they were reairing this morning’s Washington Journal call-in. In the space of five minutes I heard two attacks on the closeness of U.S. policy to Israel. Both callers described Israel as an aggressor. One call was reasonable, the other was clearly antisemitic, Read More
The two items below that attack neocons are really the reason I’m blogging. I have tried for years to write about these issues in the mainstream media. They’re not interested, though I think these issues are central to the disaster that is Iraq and the misguided and radical thinking that guides our policy Read More