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Kerry and messianism

The instinct is to say that the Israel Defense Minister’s comment on US Secretary of State John Kerry that he is “messianic” and “obsessive” is stupid, wrong, ungrateful. And, of course, this is right. High Israeli officials should be far more careful when speaking of high officials of Israel’s strongest ally.

And yet, there’s something about Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon’s bluntness that makes us say: finally, someone spoke the truth. We have observed on this page that it is wrong for the US to do nothing about the massive murder of innocents in Syria — to throw up one’s hands as if the evil there is somehow a force of nature, utterly beyond a significant American response of any kind — while returning to Israel again and again, redemptive though an Israel-Palestinian peace could be.

Still more: Yaalon, a resident of Israel, a veteran of Israeli wars, a witness to Palestinian terrorism, a victim of Palestinian denial of Israel as a Jewish state, professes that he knows what’s good for Israel’s security better than an American secretary of state. Yaalon is right. He does know better. He spoke the truth. Perhaps it’s good that he put it on the table.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:24 )

 

Affluenza

We’re not making this up. A teenage drunk driver in Ft. Worth, Texas — who killed four pedestrians and left a friend brain-damaged and paralyzed — got off, as a matter of law, because he came from a wealthy family. Judge Jean Boyd ruled that he suffered from “affluenza,” a “psychosis of extreme wealth,” writes The Week. Affluenza, you see, diminished the killer’s understanding of the consequences of his actions. Think of that the next time you hear of a judge ignoring a defendan...
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Isolationism is not strategic

War spills. War spreads. Hatred is contagious. It is dangerous to think that the ever expanding war in Syria — now spilling into Lebanon and Iraq — will leave the US and Israel unscathed. There is room for, and need for, a US response, less than intervention, more than retreat. “Iran and Iraq are bad actors; so just let them keep beating up on each other. We’ll sit back and get safer by the minute in direct proportion to each Iranian and Iraqi soldier killed, and each weapon destroye...

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 January 2014 03:49 )

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Flu shot anyone?

The Colorado Health Dept. says 748 people in our state have been hospitalized with the flu since January, 2013. Most did not get vaccinated. Now the flu is rampant. Adults between 25 to 64 — the majority of the work force — are getting hit the hardest. But since they don’t stay home from work, the flu is spreading like wildfire. The flu cases this season are primarily the H1N1 variety (swine flu) that led to an outcry for vaccines in 2009. If you were vaccinated in 2013, you are protected...

Another take on marijuana: Acting responsibly

The whole world is watching Colorado to see how people change following the legalization of marijuana. Will boomers search through boxes for 40-year-old blue jeans and try to fit into them? Will tie-dye make a comeback? Will men dispense with barbers and start growing their gray hair long? The real question is, can any of us maintain our values? Is it possible for teens to withstand peer pressure, or have we raised children who just can’t say no to anything? If so, when did this moral paralys...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 January 2014 14:07 )

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