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Watching The Returns

26 Heshvan 5765 – November 10, 2004
7 p.m.: Brit Hume and company over at Fox News look as though they've just been informed of the death of a loved one. Could the exit polls have been even worse than had been rumored all afternoon on the Internet? No one's saying anything, of course, but the atmosphere is positively funereal.

The Moral Clarity Of Fighting Men

In "The Media and the Military," an article in the November issue of The Atlantic - arguably the best serious magazine in America today - Robert Kaplan writes of the great social and cultural divide that exists between the nation's elite journalists and its soldiers.

Tracking Down Those So-Called Quotes

Did Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vow to burn Palestinian children and rape Arabic girls? Did former Israeli leader Menachem Begin refer to Palestinians as "two-legged beasts," and did another Israeli leader declare that all Arabs must be killed unless they are willing to live as slaves?

Israel Needed Arafat

By the time you read this article, Arafat will have died, and many will say good riddance.

After The First Great Debate: A War OnTerror Or A Clash Of Civilizations?

Neither President Bush nor Senator Kerry addressed an absolutely key issue of current American foreign policy in the opening debate.

George Bush’s America: Moral Beacon in a Dark World

The American people have once again demonstrated that they are the most glorious on earth.

Letters to the Editor

True ContritionI recently received three 100-dollar bills in the mail from 'Ploni Almoni.' Enclosed was a note from the sender, who confessed that many...

Letters To The Editor

Unite Behind The WinnerDuring a Thursday morning interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," Boston Red Sox pitching star Curt Schilling looked into the camera...

An Apocalyptic Future? Israel And Middle East Nuclear War (Second Of Two Parts)

Since the presentation of our original Project Daniel document to Prime Minister Sharon on January 16, 2003 (it remained secret until this past May), there have been a few relatively minor "victories" in the effort to control WMD proliferation among Israel's enemies.

A Non-Nuanced Middle East Peace Plan

In the October 7, 2004 issue of The New York Review of Books, Rob Malley, who was part of the U.S. team at Camp David, reviewed Dennis Ross's book on the peace process (The Missing Peace) and came to a conclusion very different from Ross.

The Morning After: Preliminary Thoughts On An Election Worth Celebrating

Ah, can there be anything so delightful as the sound of liberals whimpering in the morning? Consider:

How France Sank The Original Mideast Peace

At the Paris Peace Conference in January 1919, in a flag-bedecked, battle-scarred but victorious Paris, the great top-hatted Allied men of vision and illusion gathered to remake the world and invent the post-Ottoman Middle East.

Fishl’s Marathon

20 Heshvan 5765 – November 3, 2004
While Lebow promoted this populist vision, his shtetl background, his Yiddish, and the religious observance of his youth (which his siblings had not abandoned as he had) were always part of him.

Requiem For A Dream

The sorrowful tune was unmistakable; someone was playing taps in a slow yet steady tune. So sad. So haunting.

Democracy And Censorship On The Western Campus

Could what happened at the University of Pisa happen here? Some might say it already has.

Fan Mail

Barring any of the nightmare scenarios posited by those who worried about the results being literally too close to call, the presidential election will have been decided by the time this column appears in print. But the Monitor was still busy early this week sorting through the daunting number of letters and e-mails that began coming in almost immediately after The Jewish Press endorsed George W. Bush two weeks ago.

The Problems With Singles Events – and How to Fix Them

No singles event in history saw half its participants get a date, and certainly not in such a low-pressure fashion.

Letters To The Editor

Dej? VuThe story of the abandonment of the Jews during the Holocaust, retold in Marvin Kalb's marvelous front-page essay ("Misreporting the Holocaust," Oct. 22),...

An Apocalyptic Future? Israel And Middle East Nuclear War (First Of Two Parts)

Apocalypse, of course, was pretty much a Jewish invention (at least if you ignore ancient Persia and the Zoroastrians), and there is certainly an apocalyptic element in Chicago's own Saul Bellow.

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