Interesting Takes from Home and Head:
Israel, Hamas, and moral idiocy By Alan M. Dershowitz
Much of the world’s response is a false moral equivalence that simply encourages the terrorists.
Fight Fire With a Cease-Fire By David Grossman
NOW, after the heavy blow that Israel has dealt to the Gaza Strip, we would do best to halt, turn to the leaders of Hamas and tell them: Until last Saturday, we restrained ourselves in responding to the thousands of Qassam rockets fired at us.
On Obama’s plate From The Economist
Soon Barack Obama will have to explain how he would tackle the problems of Israel and Palestine
Now Sits Expectation In the Air By Tony Blankley
As President-elect Obama vacations with his family in Hawaii and publicly complains about the intrusiveness of the press pool and the intense scrutiny of his Secret Service team, I suspect about now Obama may be recalling George Bernard Shaw’s heartless observation that: “There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.”
The ‘Market’ Isn’t So Wise After All By Thomas Frank
As I read the last tranche of disastrous news stories from this catastrophic year, I found myself thinking back to the old days when it all seemed to work, when everyone agreed what made an economy go and the stock market raced and the commentators and economists and politicians of the world stood as one under the boldly soaring banner of laissez-faire.
The Fraud of Government Intervention By Robert Tracinski
The top story of 2008 is undoubtedly the revival of the left. After nearly two decades on the defensive following the collapse of the Soviet empire–the definitive example of the failure of socialism–advocates of a government-controlled economy are trying to make a comeback.
Will 2009 Be Another Bad Year for Free Speech? By Janet Albrechtsen
THE media took great delight in reporting the encounter between US President George W. Bush and a pair of flying shoes during his final visit to Iraq two weeks ago. But the great bastions of free speech missed the true significance of an Arab reporter throwing his shoes during a press conference in Baghdad.
Don’t Do It; You’re Perfect Already By David Harsanyi
Each year, on or around Jan. 1, a substantial number of reasonable Americans embark on the futile task of pledging to eliminate one toxic activity or another from their lives. Don’t. You’re already perfect.