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Tehran's crimes, acts of war, and other provocations

July 28, 2021  •  The Washington Times

The plot was audacious: Agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran would kidnap an American citizen on American soil. Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-born journalist and human rights activist, was to be grabbed, spirited out of Brooklyn to Venezuela, and then on to Tehran where she would have been imprisoned, tortured and, almost certainly, executed.

Last week, the FBI, to its enormous credit, foiled the plot. "Not on our watch," FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney told reporters.

Spokesmen for the Islamic Republic dismissed the charges as "ridiculous and baseless." If you believe that, Ms. Alinejad can get you a good price on a bridge not far from her home.

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The problem with peacekeeping
The UN does it incompetently, corruptly, and criminally

July 21, 2021  •  The Washington Times

Cubans have been out in the streets, protesting decades of oppression and poverty. They've been beaten and arrested for – as The New York Times phrased it – "Shouting 'Freedom' and other anti-government slogans."

That's not wrong if you understand that the protestors are not generally "anti-government." Their opposition is specifically directed toward the socialist dictatorship that denies them basic human rights.

In theory, that should galvanize the United Nations Human Rights Council. In practice, as UN Watch's Hillel Neuer has pointed out, the 47-nation UNHRC "has failed to take a single action: no resolution, no urgent session, no commission of inquiry."

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The return of antisemitism
Germany after World War I provides a distant mirror

July 14, 2021  •  The Washington Times

Antisemitism is back with a vengeance. According to the ADL, acts of assault, vandalism, and harassment against Jews are at the highest level "since ADL's tracking began in 1979."

One example: This month, Khaled Awad, an immigrant from Egypt, was charged with stabbing a rabbi outside a Jewish school in Boston. Witnesses said, "the suspect would stereotype various differences in racial groups and behavior, which included whites, Blacks and that he was especially harsh on Jews." (If that sounds like qualifications for a tenured professorship at an elite university, perhaps that's part of the problem.)

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The authoritarian conquest of the UN
Accommodation and engagement are no solution

July 7, 2021  •  The Washington Times

After the 20th century's first great war, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, and other major powers founded the League of Nations. Its primary mission: to keep the peace. It failed, of course, and the result was World War II, following which the major powers created a new and, they hoped, improved model: the United Nations.

Keeping the peace was, again, the principal mission, but the U.N.'s contribution to preventing the Cold War from heating up was marginal at best. And wars between lesser powers continued.

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Getting smarter about Critical Race Theory

June 29, 2021  •  The Washington Times

At a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee last week, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this about Critical Race Theory: "I'll obviously have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is, but I do think it's important actually for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read."

Fair enough but that leads to this question: How does one become smarter about CRT? In much of the media, it's being described as nothing more than an "academic concept" or an "analytic tool" for understanding "white rage" and "systemic racism."

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