US Embraces a Diversity China Fears

US Embraces a Diversity China Fears

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“Our diversity is our strength.” But is that cliché true? Where is the scientific, historical or empirical evidence for the proposition that the greater the religious, racial, tribal and ethnic diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?    To put it mildly, this is not a universally held belief. …

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Is Biden Prepared to Lose Afghanistan?

Is Biden Prepared to Lose Afghanistan?

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A Biden decision to suspend a final pullout of U.S. forces will be well received by our foreign policy elites. But the anti-interventionist wings of the two parties are growing in strength. Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon …

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Is Peace at Hand in the Middle East?

Is Peace at Hand in the Middle East?

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Recognition of Israel by the UAE and Bahrain will, it is predicted, be followed by recognition of Israel by Oman and other Gulf states, perhaps even Saudi Arabia. But the idea that peace is at hand appears to be, as Mark Twain said of reports of his death, premature. Having …

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If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let's Go!

If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let’s Go!

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Perhaps, rather than sending troops into Iraq and Kuwait to defend U.S. troops already there, we should accede to the local nationalist demands, start bringing our troops home, and let Iranians, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Yemenis and Afghans settle their quarrels. Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam …

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Are All the World's Problems Ours?

Are All the World’s Problems Ours?

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After an exhausting two weeks, one is tempted to ask: How many quarrels, clashes and conflicts can even a superpower manage at one time? In 2003, George W. Bush took us to war to liberate Iraq from the despotism of Saddam Hussein and convert that nation into a beacon of …

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Who Spawned the Christchurch Killer?

Who Spawned the Christchurch Killer?

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Does the vision of America as a country where white racism is rampant and an unleashed white nationalism is a scourge that is running amok correspond with reality? Last Friday, in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the more civilized places on earth, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, an Australian, turned on his …

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Terrorism and The True Believer

Terrorism & ‘The True Believer’

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“A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. “Their innermost craving is for a new life — a rebirth — or, failing this, a …

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