Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:
‘A Day of Thanksgiving’ By Ira Stoll
The national holiday actually began at a dark hour during our war for independence. Here’s the story.
The Mayhem in Mumbai By Fareed Zakaria
Making sense of India’s terrorist attacks
The Hysterical Style By Victor Davis Hanson
Politicians now predict the implosion of the U.S. auto industry. Headlines warn that the entire banking system is on the verge of utter collapse. The all-day/all-night cable news shows and op-ed columnists talk of another Dark Age on the horizon, as each day another corporation lines up for its me-too bailout.
Only a strategic partnership with China will keep this new dawn bright By Timothy Garton Ash
This hard-nosed power does not share the west’s enthusiasms. Deep engagement is the best way to fend off conflict.
Life After Foggy Bottom By David Ignatius
She is immaculately dressed, as always, wearing a gold necklace and a tailored suit in the fashionable color known as “aubergine.”
Giving Thanks to Heroes By Nicholas D. Kristof
This is a column to give thanks to you, the reader. You don’t know it, but some of you are keeping women like Sajida Bibi alive here in this remote Pakistani village. And that is a far grander reason to celebrate Thanksgiving than even the plumpest turkey.
Free Ride for the Campus Left By George Will
In 1892, a Massachusetts court ruled that a policeman’s speech rights had not been violated by a law forbidding certain political activities by officers. State Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote: “The petitioner may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman.”