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Socialist eras and errors

April 17, 2019  •  The Washington Times

Socialism is cool again, thanks not least to septuagenarian Sen. Bernie Sanders and millennial Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka AOC). Socialism has been cool before, of course, notably during the Great Depression and what became known as the Sixties, the era of Vietnam, the civil rights movement, hippies and the (old) New Left.

As a reporter for my high school newspaper in the later period, I interviewed Earl Browder, who had been general secretary of the Communist Party USA during the 1930s. He coined the slogan: "Communism is 20th century Americanism."

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Trump's clear view of the Golan Heights

April 9, 2019  •  The Washington Times

The Middle East is vast and, within it, Israel is no more than a speck, a shard, a sliver clinging to the easternmost shore of the Mediterranean Sea. At present, it is the only nation in the region that is free and democratic, with rights guaranteed to all its citizens, including its significant Arab and Muslim minorities. Saying that will make some people angry, but it's a fact.

Israel's Arab and Muslim neighbors attempted to prevent the birth — or, more precisely, re-birth — of the Jewish state. Additional wars aimed at Israel's annihilation followed. Israelis defended themselves, acquiring territories from their attackers in the process.

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The Hungarian resistance

April 2, 2019  •  The Washington Times

BUDAPEST | Most people want to survive. What could be more natural than that? Most peoples want to survive, too. That's no less natural.

For a thousand years, the lands inhabited by the Hungarian people have been invaded, their settlements sacked, men, women and children enslaved and slaughtered. Mongols, Ottomans, Nazis and Soviets were among those who conquered and ruled the Hungarians. Somehow, they've survived.

Hungarians today, a clear majority, believe their national existence — their unique identity, language, culture and traditions — is threatened again. This time, however, it is not by nomads on horseback or soldiers in tanks. It is by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Union.

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Why Kim Jong-un must feel 'maximum pressure'

March 20, 2019  •  The Washington Times

It was worth a try. For decades, one administration after another, Republican and Democratic alike, failed to successfully address the metastasizing threat posed by the dictatorship that rules North Korea. So President Trump took a different tack: He played Mr. Nice Guy. He twice trekked to Asia to meet with Kim Jong-un, the country's mass-murdering young despot. He flattered, sweet-talked and — apparently, at least — befriended him.

Encouragingly, Mr. Kim suspended testing of nuclear weapons and the missiles that can deliver them. He made a commitment — repeatedly, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — to permanently end his nuclear weapons program in exchange for American economic and diplomatic concessions.

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A brief history of Jew-hatred

March 13, 2019  •  The Washington Times

A freshman member of Congress openly espouses bigotry toward Jews and Israel. Her fellow Democrats, with only a few exceptions, fail to forcefully condemn her words and views. Troubling to be sure, but let's remember: This gnarly tree grows in an old, luxuriant and global forest.

Examples? In Belgium last week, the annual Carnival parade included floats carrying oversize effigies of religious Jews, snarling men with big noses, sitting atop bags of money, one with a rat perched atop his shoulder.

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