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Friday, October 2, 2015

Fighting Deadly Narcissism

We need sensible gun control, no question. Yet there is another way we could try to stymie these horrific mass shootings, like the latest horror in Oregon. The mass murderer in this case reportedly wrote online, “Seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.” We should remove this incentive to violent narcissists by banning publication of the killers' names or identifying information. I am a First Amendment absolutist on most issues, but if this would save lives, I think it's worth it. We've had censorship for much flimsier reasons.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Never Missing an Opportunity..."

" miss an opportunity," as Abba Eban famously said of the Palestinians. Once again, the Palestinian leadership has shown its unfailing instinct for shooting itself in the foot and drowning both the Palestinian people and the Israelis in blood. It is breathtaking that the Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas sees no downside to taking it upon himself to "cancel" the Oslo Accords; but then, it's all in the fine tradition of Palestinian rejectionism going all the way back to the 1920's. Another self-made "Nakba."

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Death Knell of the Left

It was the Hebrew prophets who introduced to humankind the idea that divine justice demanded fair treatment of the poor. That is the root reason why so many Jews have historically been attracted to the Left. And yet it is now an article of faith for many on the Left, as exemplified by the new leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, that the Jewish people is an enemy of progress and that the Jewish state must be singled out for hatred and destruction, alone of all the world's nations. Not only that, Corbyn and the many leftists who think like him now deem it not only permissible but essential to ally with fascists like Hamas and Hezbollah to achieve this end, this Final Solution. The truths that the Hebrew prophets spoke are eternal. The British Labour Party, and the broad historical phenomenon known as the Left, is not--and its days are numbered if it lends itself to falsehood and hatred and bloodshed.