The Irrationality of Terror

Funerals for 334 people, half of them children. Hundreds more — we may never know how many — in hospitals or “missing,” presumed dead. A town ravaged, a school destroyed, photographs of bloody children, wailing mothers. This is what the Chechen terrorists who attacked and destroyed a school in Beslan, southern Russia, achieved with their guns and bombs last week. Continue reading “The Irrationality of Terror”

Doing Nothing? Nothing Doing.

Last Sunday I had nothing to do. I’d run all my errands on Saturday. My children were away, staying with their grandparents. There was nothing happening in the outside world, or at least nothing I’m responsible for writing about. Energetically, I set about tackling what had seemed an insurmountable backlog of weeding. But when I’d finished, it was only 11 a.m. Continue reading “Doing Nothing? Nothing Doing.”

Stem Cell Stumping

“We also — we also need to lift the ban on stem cell research — (cheers, applause) and find cures that will help millions of Americans. (applause continues).”

Applause continues. That’s a direct quote from the transcript of the speech that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gave at the Democratic convention last week. Continue reading “Stem Cell Stumping”

The ‘Target List’

“Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. Voted Yes. Our leading internationalist wants to send even more manufacturing jobs in Indiana overseas so that important diplomats at UN receptions will be nice to him.”
“Peter Fitzgerald, R-Illinois. Voted No last time. Fitzgerald leans Green and is retiring, which always encourages irresponsibility. So he needs shoring up.” Continue reading “The ‘Target List’”

The People vs. Hussein

“Do you have a law certificate, and since when have you been recognized as a judge, after the occupation or before that?”
“Since the days of the previous regime and until now. The coalition authority asked me to hold this trial.”
“Then you are trying me by the order of the invasion forces. By what law are you trying me?
“I am trying you in accordance with the Iraqi law.”
“Then you are trying me by the law that I enacted…” Continue reading “The People vs. Hussein”

Two-Faced Chechnya Policy

Who runs U.S. foreign policy? In a week of historic court cases, international summits and the imperial spectacle of an American viceroy handing over sovereignty, it seems an easy question. Foreign policy, as we all know, is controlled by what the British call the Great and the Good: senior judges and top ambassadors, senators and presidents, and famous names and famous faces. Continue reading “Two-Faced Chechnya Policy”