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Human Rights Watch crosses a threshold
Its latest attack on Israel goes beyond antisemitism.

May 5, 2021  •  The Washington Times

Antisemitism may be the world's oldest hatred but it's still a long way from death's door. What I find particularly distressing, if not surprising, is to see self-proclaimed human rights activists demonizing the world's most frequently threatened Jewish community.

I'm speaking, of course, about Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental – but not non-ideological – organization that has just published a 213-page report, "A Threshold Crossed," declaring its "finding" that Israel is committing "crimes of apartheid," which it calls "crimes against humanity" which, it adds, "should trigger action."

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Choosing defeat in Afghanistan

April 21, 2021  •  The Washington Times

If the Taliban were not teetotalers, they'd be shopping for champagne about now in response to President Biden decision to unconditionally withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.

On that date, they will celebrate both the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil – carried out by their ally, al Qaeda – and their own victory over Americans exactly twenty years later. Then they can begin the project of resurrecting what they call the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – one link in a future caliphal chain.

Gen. Colin Powell is among those who approve of President Biden's decision, noting that the Soviets also "got tired and marched out and back home. How long did anybody remember that?"

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Biden's bad foreign policy deals

April 14, 2021  •  The Washington Times

Because Barack Obama struck me as a clever fellow, I never understood why, when negotiating with despots, he failed to utilize the leverage available to him.

For instance, he might have said to Russian President Vladimir Putin: "I want to reset our relations, but many Americans haven't forgotten the Cold War. So, I need you to make clear that Russia today isn't just the U.S.S.R. 2.0."

To Raul Castro he could have said: "It's high time for us to open diplomatic relations but you know the Miami crowd! If you'll just ease up on dissidents a little, we can meet and go to a baseball game together in Havana, and maybe I'll even have my picture taken under a portrait of Che Guevara!"

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The brave few on the front line for freedom deserve America's support

April 7, 2021  •  The Washington Times

In this already stormy century, freedom has many powerful enemies, and few powerful defenders. That's not just my impression. "Freedom in the World 2021," a study recently released by Freedom House, documents "heavy new losses" in the "struggle against authoritarian foes, shifting the international balance in favor of tyranny." It reports, too, that 2020 "marked the 15th consecutive year of decline in global freedom."

If you care about the outcome of this struggle, you should at least know the names and stories of some of those risking – and in too many cases sacrificing – their lives to keep the flickering flame of liberty from being extinguished.

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The end of the rules-based order?
China's rulers have a new and unimproved version

March 30, 2021  •  The Washington Times

Top officials of the Biden administration met in Anchorage this month with top officials of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Reporters characterized their exchange as an "ugly verbal spat," "an exchange of insults," and "an unusually undiplomatic sparring match."

But if you listen closely, you'll comprehend that something more significant and alarming is happening: China's Communist rulers are making clear that they intend to wrest the torch of global leadership from America's hands.

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