The Chain of Command
There is little controversy about the facts: last Thursday, in an IDF action in Rafah, at least eight Palestinians were killed (the number will probably climb, since some of the wounded were severely hurt). Five of those killed were woman and children. Almost fifty people were wounded--many of them children who had just left their school after lessons.
Ten Things To Do On Nov. 5...Besides Vote
One of my teachers, the late Bob LeFevre, first advised me more than 30 years ago to “abstain from beans.” By that he meant “refuse to vote.” In ancient Athens, you see, the electorate would drop various colored beans into a box.
I’ve abstained from beans on principle since coming of voting age in 1972, with the exception of just one election in the 1980s...
A Jewish Demographic State
It sounds like a bad joke, but it really happened: A rabbi went from Israel to Peru, converted a group of Native Americans to Judaism, brought them to this country and put them in a settlement, on land taken away from its Palestinian owners. There they receive, as all settlers do, generous government subsidies, paid for with money taken away from thousands of Israelis living below the poverty...
It's Time to Vote, With Your Feet
It's that time of year again. How do I know? My sample ballot and voter information pamphlet just arrived in the mail. As soon as it entered my apartment I threw it into the garbage pail where it will remain until it's taken out to the curb with the trash. A most fitting final resting place, don't you think?
As the pundits pontificate and the talking heads blabber, the State is again doing what...
What A Show!
Who doesn't remember the picture: a Jew is put on trial in Moscow as a Zionist spy. Family members and friends come to observe the trial but are turned away. No place left, they are told, all the seats have already been taken. And indeed, KGB agents have filled the hall early, and with the entrance of the accused start to shout: 'Traitor!' 'Spy!' 'Kill him!'
The day before yesterday I witnessed...
Slavery Is Alive and Well
Methinks it must be time to fight the Second War of Southern Secession. How else can you explain the fact that slavery is still alive and well in 2002? It's amazing'and one of the best-kept secrets around.
I don't live anywhere near what most Americans would consider to be the South, so southern California will just have to suffice for the next phase of the American struggle to escape the...
The first Israeli victim of Saddam Hussein is a Zionist myth on which we were brought up.
It stated that Israel is a haven for all the Jews in the world. In all the other countries, Jews live in perpetual fear that a cruel persecutor will arise, as happened in Germany. Israel is the safe haven, to which Jews can escape in times of danger. Indeed, this was the purpose of the Founding Fathers when...
Friday, President Bush made it known that he wishes to push military strategy away from a policy of deterrence and towards a policy of pre-emptive strikes against "terrorist" nations, even when faced with criticism from world leaders. He cites these measures as "common sense and self-defense....
The Murder of Arafat
While I am writing this, Yasser Arafat is still alive. But his life is hanging on a thread.
When we visited him the last time in his bombed-out Mukata'ah compound in Ramallah, I warned him that Sharon is determined to kill him.
Everybody acquainted with Sharon knows that he never lets go. When he does not achieve his aim the first time, he tries again, and again, and again, and again. Never, ever...
The Way Out
Experience and what wisdom I possess have shown me that if a person pretends to be something else for long enough, they end up becoming that thing in truth. What does this have to do with liberty? What has it to do with your life? And, honestly, is there anything that you can do in the real world to avoid this unwitting "character assimilation...