Category: History

The parallels to Hitler’s Germany are abundantly clear

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Iraq crisis By Al Staggs, The Baptist Standard, March 3, 2003   Note:  The following commentary was first published in the weekly newsjournal of Texas Baptists on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by US forces and smaller contingents from the UK, Australia, and Poland. I’ve been involved for …

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A pass, based on the past

 Fisk, in today’s piece on how a Canadian paper is diverting unwelcome attention on Israel’s latest brutality by reminding readers of Hitler and the Holocaust: As usual, we who speak out against the ruthlessness of Israel’s army – as, of course, we do against the Arabs – are anti-Semites. Remember the Holocaust. Remember Our Guilt. …

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A toast to Helen

 Where else but in America can you pillory the career of an old woman for the mere crime of having the audacity to speak her mind? The purge of the screeching castrati of our fourth estate is now nearly complete – any reporter who dared consider the improbable narrative that always justifies all that Israel …

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Relative to Albert Einstein…

 Thanks to “my” crack team of researchers, here’s the letter by Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, Sidney Hook, and others, first published in the Books section (page 12) of The New York Times, Saturday December 4, 1948:  http://www.archive.org/details/AlbertEinsteinLetterToTheNewYorkTimes.December41948 or http://bit.ly/d5pUR7 or http://tinyurl.com/2av8cho (thanks Børre)  …interesting that “terror” or “terrorist” shows up 7 times.  And here is …

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Albert Einstein

 Just read (confession: scanned) “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” by Peter Beinart: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/jun/10/failure-american-jewish-establishment/ What caught my eye, near the very end of the article, was this: …the December 1948 letter from Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, and others to The New York Times, protesting right-wing Zionist leader Menachem Begin’s visit to the United States …

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Part 1 of 3: First the good news…

 …bad news to follow.  Here’s a short introduction Ray Close (retired CIA) added yesterday to a recent essay by a credentialed Republican: This short essay contains no particularly original ideas or deep insights, but in the simplicity and clarity of its logic and language, (and the credentials of its author), it is exceptionally helpful.  It …

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Haiti: the Lebanese and the bat-crap crazies

 Curious about the origins of Pat Robertson’s outrageous comments about Haiti’s latest agony, my research turned up this interesting nugget in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti):  “In 1912 Syrians residing in Haiti participated in a plot in which the presidential palace was destroyed.”  Syrians in Haiti?  My spider-sense for all things Levantine was tingling, so I digressed from …

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