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  • August 29, 2021

    America: After the Taliban, Get Ready for Iran

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    Far be it from me to extract a silver lining from a gold mine of regional instability, but if the evacuation of Afghanistan is a preview of the impending revival of the Iran deal, let’s save us all the embarrassment and roll out the Persian rugs for the Ayatollahs now. Given America’s botched exit from Afghanistan and ensuing terror attacks that took the lives of 13 U.S. troops, and the Biden administration’s surreal trust in the Taliban, it will be impossible for Iranians to keep a straight face in any direct negotiations.

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  • August 15, 2021

    Has Anyone Told the Terrorists That the War on Terror is Over?

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved that the War on Terror is finally over.  All those travel restrictions, security shakedowns, toothpaste confiscations and coded-color warnings.  And the nerve-wracking hesitations about getting too close to iconic landmarks: Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, Sears (now Willis) Tower, and the Space Needle.

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  • August 6, 2021

    What Is Truth?

    White Rose Magazine

    THERE was a time in America, not so long ago, when speaking the truth was admirable and knowing the truth essential. Children were raised to tell the truth, with truth as the moral of every story. Liars suffered all manner of shame, even an enlarged nose. As legend had it, America’s Founding Father, George Washington, as a boy, took responsibility for a fallen cherry tree rather than lie.

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  • August 3, 2021

    The Substack Rebels: Independent Writers Breaking Free

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    Alexander Hamilton, not the modern-day hip hop song and dance man, but the founder of The New York Post, and Benjamin Franklin, the wittiest of our Founding Fathers and publisher of The Philadelphia Gazette, would be appalled at what passes for freedom of the press today.

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  • August 1, 2021

    The Eclipse of Jewish Cultural Power

    Sapir: A Journal of Jewish Conversations

    Culture, true culture, breathes life into societies—launching ideas, sparking conversations, changing minds, expanding horizons, stilling hearts. That breath feels increasingly shallow in the United States these days. We are living through a cultural crisis. The aesthetic impulse and the life of the mind are being subordinated to a rigid progressive orthodoxy that specializes in taking offense. We have allowed, even enabled, the politics of identity and its cousins, “inclusion” and “equity,” to dictate and narrow what our culture is and should be. 

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