The Honest Broker?

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The Honest Broker?

The neocons have their own axe to grind — make the Middle East safe for Greater Israel — but the West does not necessarily follow an Eretz Israel agenda. Or should not, in any case. It is strange that people like Bush and Blair have not caught on all these years. The more we mix up in their business, the more the people of the Middle East will hate us. All the more so if that involvement in their lives requires the use of tanks, American-made cluster bombs and American soldiers. No sooner had we forced the Palestinians to vote then they voted in Hamas. And we stopped all humanitarian aid because they democratically elected people we didn’t approve of. Some democracy, as Winny would have said.

Giuliani’s Closet

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Giuliani’s Closet

I don”€™t care one whit about Rudy Giuliani’s private life, although I have a hard time believing the evangelicals are quite ready for the rutting Rudy. He is, after all, an Italian male, with certain impulses wired into his brain, particularly that part of it that rules the sexual imagination. I say, more power to him in that department “€“ life, as the Italians know, is to be enjoyed, rather than endured. But what we shouldn”€™t have to endure is a Giuliani presidency, which would be a disaster in both the foreign policy and civil liberties departments.

Paint Him Black

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Paint Him Black

Dripping with malice, envy and venom, hacks are having the time of their life as Conrad Black goes to trial in Chicago, a city known for its smiling wallet-lifters and corrupt public officials. Not since Fat Bob Maxwell took a dive into the Med back in 1991 have those holier than thou members of the Fourth Estate enjoyed themselves as much. The trouble is there’s quite a difference. Maxwell stole hundreds of millions….

Don”€™t Look Left

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Don”€™t Look Left

The only hope of resisting the partisans of secular intolerance is to clean up the Christian Right (Catholic and Protestant), to purge it of jingoism, anti-intellectualism, millenarian nihilism, and to break up its shotgun wedding to the hacks who run the conservative movement. The Christian Right must become less “€œRight”€ and much more Christian, reassert its intellectual and moral independence of partisan politics, and insist on applying its principles consistently. Pastors must stop endorsing torture, public Catholics must choose their pope above their president, and all of us must remember that the real war is not between the Democratic and Republican parties, but between the Church and the World. And the battlefield lies within our hearts.

California’s Coup D”€™Etat

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California’s Coup D”€™Etat

The primary system is a good one provided that it is stretched over several months. From the Iowa Caucuses in January to the California Primary in June potential nominees could be vetted by the electorate. It was a time for practice, if you will, for the major national election in November. The Governor and the Legislature in California got all hot and bothered to move their primary to February 5, 2008 because it had been a long time since California had been the major factor in a race for the Presidency. To be precise, it was 1964 and Senator Barry M. Goldwater won a close primary election over New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. That was the last time California determined who the nominee of either party would be.

Britain in the Ashtray: Notes on a Scandal

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Britain in the Ashtray: Notes on a Scandal

There is no reason to suppose that this film’s near-perfect depiction of nihilism exaggerates, in any way, the quotidian horror of Britain under Blair. There is every reason to suppose that, if anything, it understates such horror. The British dispatches from Theodore Dalrymple, Peter Hitchens, and Geoffrey Wheatcroft regularly convey to us a land as unrecognizable from its 1970s self (some of us remember that self from our youth) as today’s Spain is from Franco’s.

What the Loser Wins

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What the Loser Wins

I am not saying that we must all turn to Eastern mysticism, or try walking on water after a heavy lunch, or even be portrayed by Francis Bacon in attitudes expressive of inner torment. But come on, live a little! Let the careless child burn his fingers playing with matches. Let the faithful adoring wife go on worshipping her husband, the idler in a spotted cravat who is secretly taking all her jewellery to the pawnbrokers. Let the clueless dreamer have a go at saving the fallen woman, who is meanwhile using his driving license to rent the getaway car for a bank heist.

The Southern Poverty Smearbund

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The Southern Poverty Smearbund

The posturing of the Southern Poverty Law Center is symptomatic of the “€œanti-fascist”€ hysteria that has already swept over Western and Central Europe. By now the current anti-fascist fury has resulted in the destruction of civil liberties and in the eradication of academic freedom, trends that far-sighted groups like the Vlaams Belang are trying to escape from, together with the unrestricted Third World immigration that has contributed to European civil unrest.

Election 2008: Midget-Wrestling

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Election 2008: Midget-Wrestling

Barack Obama sounds very exotic but he is an unknown quantity with a 100 percent liberal voting record, whose only claim to instant fame is his skin color. What the hell is going on here? Just because a part-black man has obvious charisma and is soft-spoken and decent, is it enough to make him president? Why not pick an even nicer guy like Colin Powell?

St. Patrick and All Those Potatoes

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St. Patrick and All Those Potatoes

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is split in New York City, as in many others, between the traditional parade sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and an “inclusive” march which was created to include homosexual activist groups. The Hibernians have had to fight like the dickens to keep their parade permit for Manhattan–citing as a last resort the First Amendment, reminding the City and themselves that they are, after all, a Roman Catholic organization. Indeed, the Order was founded in 1836 as a kind of militia to defend Catholic churches from getting burned down by Protestant mobs.

A Separate Peace  (Part II)

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A Separate Peace (Part II)

Why are the Arab citizens of Israel so much less homicidal toward Jews than their non-citizen cousins in the West Bank? So far, at least, Arab Israelis have not proven a dire threat, engendering few suicide bombers. By contrast, the rage of West Bank Palestinians is legendary. Here’s one important reason: the Israelis let Arab citizens keep their homes. The victorious Israelis permitted many Arabs who hunkered down in their houses during the 1947-48 fighting to stay where they were, and keep their farms. In contrast, those who fled were dispossessed. Not surprisingly, the descendents of these families, still living on their old acres, seldom go off and become terrorists.

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Countries where the imagination is profoundly feminine, like France, have sanctity as their ideal—whereas England has its Puritan morality and Germany its scientific efficiency. Paul Johnson has a “Beatific Vision” of life that is far above morality as it is outside science. His intellectual love of God is clear and undeniable, and should have silenced atheists like that Dawkins chappie long ago, but we are, after all, living in a free country. At least for the moment.

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Apartness has proven a widely successful solution to the problem of how people who don”€™t agree on the fundamentals of social organization can get along”€”by living apart, under separate governments in separate countries. Ironically enough, apartness for Israelis and Palestinians”€”in the form of a two-state solution”€”is exactly what President Carter advocates….

The Simple Life

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The Simple Life

Back in the Fifties, Gstaad was a tiny alpine village without supermarkets nor boutiques. There were a few chairlifts and sledge trains—funicular railways—which crept up its gentle slopes. All in all there were about 2,000 beds, a few inns, three or four picturesque restaurants which served good but simple food, and the Palace hotel. The town was pure heaven.

All Quiet on the K Street Front

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All Quiet on the K Street Front

Erich Maria Remarque was a hell of a man. Good looking, a terrific womanizer and a heavy drinker, he bedded most Hollywood stars he came into contact with, and he came into contact with many of them. He was Marlene Dietrich’s favorite beau, was married to Paulette Goddard, and had affairs with Greta Garbo (yes, she made an exception in his case) Dolores del Rio, Lupe Velez and Louise Rainer, to name but a few….

Arm the Unborn

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Arm the Unborn

Once an ostensibly pro-life Catholic, Giuliani decided to shed such high-minded baggage to win election in New York City, and he hasn”€™t looked back since. Now Giuliani is the leader of the faction in the Republican party which supports abortion on demand. (Like most philanderers, he finds it a handy fallback.) This issue, the most profound moral scandal since the slave trade, trumps everything else in the minds of millions of voters”€”as it does for me. By comparison with abortion, with the conscious, voluntary murder of over a million children a year, every other issue is essentially a fart in a bath tub.

Englishmen, and Other Aborigines

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Englishmen, and Other Aborigines

I was about ten years old when my school class was asked to fill out a form regarding our religious affiliation. Sure, the one or two Catholics knew, and passed right along, but the rest of us looked at each other, confused. Commotion burst out across the room as we tried to extract the correct answer from one another. “€œIf you don”€™t know what religion you are,”€ our teacher interrupted sternly, “€œthen you”€™re Church of England.”€

Poor, Poor, Pitiful Ann

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Poor, Poor, Pitiful Ann

Ann Coulter’s foul-mouthed antics remind me of Lyndon LaRouche who blends sexual innuendo with political polemics to produce such masterpieces as “€œThe Sexual Impotence of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party,”€ and, more lately, “€œThe Little Lords of the Unzipped Flies.”€ Coulter’s tone apes LaRouche at his wackiest…

Pius XII: Sourcing the Slanders

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Pius XII: Sourcing the Slanders

The whole horror of National Socialism is not concentrated in its nationalism, but in the combination of these two sterile and anti-human ideologies. Ironically enough, nationalism (unlike patriotism, of which it is the exaggeration and parody) is never merely national. Indeed, under its spell both the German Nazis and the Russian Soviets became imperialists. A nationalist is never satisfied with the nation as it now exists, nor recognizes its true goodness; it must always be marching “€œprogressively”€ towards “€œreform,”€ expansion, or into conformity with “€œpropositions”€ abstracted from historical context.

Stalin is Dead; Long Live Don Giovanni!

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Stalin is Dead; Long Live Don Giovanni!

It was 1890, and the opera was Lucia di Lamermoor. The Donizetti masterpiece was conducted by a Bulgarian maestro and the opera house–recently opened–was filled by Greek society in the good seats, and by poor people, who had never heard an opera in their lives, who were more or less bribed off the street by fancy types to act as a rapt audience. Everything went fine, for a while….

Untung Rugi main-main Judi Bandarq Online

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Untung Rugi main-main Judi Bandarq Online

Nixon was demonised by the press from day one. He was ill at ease in public, and did not possess the Kennedy blarney which so endeared that flawed Irish clan to the chattering classes. He was not cool, as my son would say, but so what? After all, is style superior to substance, especially where politics are concerned? Nixon inherited Vietnam, realised the war was unwinnable, got out with honour, and gained China… Now that’s what I call a statesman.

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Untung Rugi main Judi Bandarkiu Online

The real reason for American rage against Iran is the knowledge that the Shiites have made complete fools of them. Shiite exiles like the conman Ahmad Chalabi not only took Yankee gold, but sold them snake oil no five-year-old would buy. They then conned Uncle Sam in removing Iran’s most ferocious opponent in the region, making the mullahs the dominant power of the area.

Cheney Converts to Islam

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Cheney Converts to Islam

Dick Cheney has kept his faith a private matter, choosing not to reveal it to President Bush, a sincere Christian who has vowed to read the entire Bible someday, just as soon as he finishes My Pet Goat. But it has led to considerable tension in the Cheney household…

Should the Government Constrain Cults?

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Should the Government Constrain Cults?

The current black Democratic candidate for the presidency, Senator Obama of Illinois, belongs to a black church in Chicago that is openly and emphatically hostile to my race (and to Obama’s white mother). As far as I can tell, the other presidential candidates are trying not to notice that Obama’s congregation features a platform that is full of references to the African race and to its sacred ethnic integrity.

Andy and Me

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Andy and Me

Andy Warhol was a unique American phenomenon. When his infamous diaries came out – the first best-seller purposely without an index, so fame groupies could not read about themselves in the bookstore and then not buy the opus – I was surprised to find myself mentioned almost as many times as some minor celebrities. Warhol knew more about what was going on in nightclubs than we knew about ourselves because he didn’t drink or take drugs. He also did not look for sex.


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