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The High Cost of Netanyahu's Comeback

Benjamin Netanyahu’s gambits worked. But at what cost to the future? Israel was already divided, and the harshness of the campaign split it further.

The Senate's 47 Percent

The letter, spearheaded by Sen. Tom Cotton to "instruct" the Iranians about our Constitution, was a blatant effort to blow up the negotiations.

The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

Boehner’s inviting the leader of another nation to criticize our own president, and Netanyahu’s decision to accept, threaten to damage the U.S.-Israeli coalition.

Why Is Boko Haram Succeeding?

Boko Haram is called an Islamic insurgency, but beneath the veneer of religious ideology lies a savage and opportunistic agenda of criminality and bigotry.

'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' has provoked criticism from both right and left. It's awash in patriotic spirit, it glorifies war. It's also a pretty bad movie.

Soft Thinking, Hard Problems

The Obama administration's 2015 National Security Strategy is a revealing document, even if it reveals through inadvertence.

Herzl's Vision

Tracing the political thought of Israel's founding father, Shlomo Avineri reminds readers that the Zionism of Herzl's time is very different from Zionism today.

Call It Courage

The Paris terrorists attacked a principle central to all liberal democracies: the freedom to speak one’s mind freely, without fear of being locked up gunned down.

Robert E. White, 1926 - 2015

Robert White never forgot the murders of four churchwomen in El Salvador, and never ceased pressing for better political and economic conditions in Latin America.

Victims, Not Heroes

Are those who died heroes and martyrs for free speech and tolerance? Not every victim is a martyr, and one does not become a hero simply by offending people.

French Brother, Human Brother

I am sad for France of course, for the journalists and the others who died. But mainly I am sad for mankind. For the person who got shot, but also for him who fired.

'Lawful but Awful'

In defending the use of drones, Obama has classical just-war tradition on his side. But just-war tradition has come to be read in a new and legalistic way.
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