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Failing to learn lessons from Paris

The left’s reactions to the terror attack on Paris are in keeping with its tradition of getting almost everything wrong.

Take Bernie Sanders, for example. At the Democratic presidential debate, one day after the Paris attack, the democratic socialist candidate made this observation about al-Qaida:

“I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely, and led to the rise of al-Qaida and to ISIS.”


Why I am in Israel — why you should be too

JERUSALEM — I want to explain why I am in Israel. I am in here with 450 American listeners to my radio show. About 400 are non-Jews. We are here on a “Stand with Israel” tour organized by the syndicator of my radio show, the Salem Radio Network, and I am accompanied by my wife, my producer Allen Estrin and his wife, and my radio colleague Mike Gallagher. People frustrated with the direction of America and the direction of the world regularly ask: “What can I do to make any difference?...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:44 )


The Democrats’ preoccupation with inequality

If you want to understand today’s Democratic party, a word search of the Democrats’ debate last week provides a pretty clear picture. Here is how many times key words were spoken: Wall Street: 23; Tax: 20; Inequality: 9; Wealthy: 7. Now, compare the number of times other national concerns were mentioned: ISIS: 4; Terror/ists/ism: 2; Defense: 2; Military (excluding Jim Webb): 1; Freedom: 1; Debt (national): 0; Liberty: 0; Strength: 0; Armed forces: 0; Islamist/Islamic: 0. The...

Europe is making a fatal mistake

Allowing millions of Syrians and others from the Muslim Middle East into Europe will end up a catastrophe for Europe, and therefore for the West. This may be the most difficult sentence I have ever written. Little seems more obviously moral than to allow these beleagured Syrians, Iraqis and others to flee from hell into heaven. Therefore, arguing against allowing large numbers of them into Europe (and the US) seems to be advocating for something that is heartless and just morally wrong....

How do you know what’s right or wrong?

How can we determine what is morally right? The answer to this question — the most important question human beings need to answer — is a major difference between Left and Right. For conservatives, the answer is, and has always been, that there are moral truths — objective moral standards — to which every person is accountable. In America, this has meant accountability to the Creator, the G-d of the Bible, and to Judeo-Christian values.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:01 )

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