Here are some of the great columns, articles, and blog posts that I've had the pleasure of reading today. Don't miss them. If I missed any great ones, let me know. Check back for updates.
- Melanie Phillips, The Media War Against Israel
The western media are no longer merely engaging in questionable professional practices in reporting a war. They are now active participants in it — and on the wrong side. Many more rockets were fired at northern Israel than were daily fired at Britain during the Blitz. None of this was reported in Britain (where such facts are received with open-mouthed astonishment) because it wasn’t the story the editors wanted. Six conclusions are inescapable . . . (Read this one start to finish.)
- Jeff Jacoby, Boston.com, Sacrificing Truth on the Altar of Diversity
If you think fauxtography in journalism is bad, don't ask about childrens' textbooks. It's all about demonstrating "diversity" -- by any means necessary. Far from acknowledging the genuine complexity and variety of human life, the diversity dogmatists deny it.
- Oliver Kamm, U.K. Times Online, Don't Get Carter. He Won't Do
"Less an elder statesman than a soft cushion who bears the impress of whoever sits on him," 39th president Jimmy Carter is the last person Iran's Khatami should meet.
- David Warren, RealClearPolitics, Doing the Enemy's Work
We don't "overreact" in the West, the way we used to do -- we don't like to put out little fires, we prefer to wait until they are big ones. And we prefer blaming ourselves to blaming the enemy, when the enemy lights the fire. We assume they only do it because we must have done something to annoy them. "Democratic civilization is the first in history to blame itself because another power is trying to destroy it."
- Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, Give Bush a Break
The president's most stubborn critics won't stop beating the Iraq and Katrina drums despite much success elsewhere.
- Hugh Hewitt, Appeasers Can Be Patriots
Democrats will argue that our enemies aren't fascists and complain mightily that they are not appeasers. When those responses prove futile because "facts are stubborn things," they will attempt to change the subject by protesting that the charge of appeasement is a charge of treason, which it is not and never has been. The best response to such victim posturing: "Chamberlain was a patriot, but he was an appeaser. . . . . Your response is silly. Stop playing the victim and at least attempt to defend your appeasement policies."
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