Western Civilization (and its non-western imitators) have achieved something unique. The accomplishment is that, for the first time in the record written by mankind, it liberated its peoples from hunger, maladies, suffering and ignorance. Thus, it achieved a decent material existence for all. These achievements enabled the […]
Much to their detriment, Americans like to ignore the rest of the world. Accordingly, they do not appreciate reminders that, like it or not, the rest of the world is out there. Worse, some of its “leading leaders” have rabies and “bite.” Aware of the provocation, […]
It is risky to take the rickety boat from Africa to Europe. Nevertheless, masses embark on a journey to a dream that dissipates once reached. Unshaken by the perils, the goal remains to enter an assumed paradise. The participants put themselves in harm’s way and antagonize […]
Freedom is open to abuse by those that scorn the liberty of others. A British portal carries this title: “Extremists are setting up anti-British schools”. What does this tell us? The foes of liberty exploit the freedoms we grant. Thus, basic rights become instruments […]
Does this sound like an admonition? Such as in “run for good health”. Since the writer has experienced the University of Oregon’s legendary Bill Bowermann, and since then has stuck to daily running and weight lifting interrupted by reading Russian, such a call would be […]
For long, a plea for the recognition of a Kurdish entity has been in “Duly Noted’s” pipeline. The Kurd’s impressive valor and the injustices meted out to them to create “stable conditions” constitute a moral imperative to present this piece.
It is tempting to plead […]
This column likes to assert that the threat to our way of life does not reflect the muscles of its enemy. Materially, the challenger is too backward to upset the world order. This applies, whether the identified foes are Marxists, traditional ethnic imperialists (Russia), religious […]
Advanced societies find it difficult to respond to Islam’s fundamentalists. The credit is not due to the fanatics. Yes, the cards they hold are used ruthlessly and cleverly and they score spectacularly. However, the real super-weapon of the radicals is their victim’s mind-set.
Our professional […]
A lesson from mankind’s experience is that all past generations have lived “interesting times.” Popular amnesia likes to lose sight of this, therefore, we think our day’s vicissitudes are unprecedented. That said it appears that we are departing from the cast of the past in […]
Forgiveness not met by regret implies subjugation.
The practical use of history is its distorted exploitation. This abuse accompanies the following discourse about the present.
Perceived developments that disturb the world order and our holiday peace produce sundry responses. Some are echoes of a […]
Defamation is complete when its pretensions can be used as its proof.
Some countries, parties, and leaders are anathema to our opinion makers. Not everyone nominated as a “Berserk Monster” is innocent; some of the pilloried are. America should know about “war by blame” […]
All those that mistakenly entertain the notion that they have not been raped by Bill Cosby, please step forward.
Obama’s dictat to grant amnesty to illegals has its pros and cons. Going beyond these, a question arises: What will happen when the next […]
“God is on the side of the larger battalions” is credited to Napoleon. Well, he knew about winning and losing wars. His only problem: the final sequence of these occurrences. His stature makes it risky to argue with him. Nevertheless, reservations emerge. Not because his […]
The record of the last century has been assembled with mosaic pieces of horror. This explains inquiries directed at those who, as conscious contemporaries, have witnessed these wrongs. The past’s adults are faced with a question: “What were you doing? How could you allow such […]
The fictitious diary of a well-meaning chap.
Humor bridges the gap between reality and tragedy. In doing so, it demonstrates our ability to be amused, no matter what. This pseudo-journal is translated from the Hungarian. Some inferences had to be sacrificed because of the uniqueness […]
International conflict prevention begins internally.
Even aloof Americans and Western Europeans are affected by “foreign affairs”. The general lack of concern is caused and supported by the impression that all troubles happen “abroad”. It is the good fortune of the American continent, and largely of Europe’s […]
Sly totalitarian challengers exploit our liberties that they abhor.
It is a natural inclination to endeavor to assess threats, whether immediate or only discernible to those with a vision. Such calculations are made in terms of the foe’s inclinations, and physical means. These estimates like to […]