Saturday, August 2, 2014 Av 6, 5774
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Under what we laughingly call "normal" circumstances, Israel is inundated with foreign journalists. But this month and next, there will be even more newsies parachuted into the country than usual. And you can bet that most of them will be even more ignorant of the context of the events they cover than the regular crowd. The reason is Israel's scheduled...
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Scholar Michael Ledeen writes in National Review ( www.nationalreview.com ) on July 13 that some reactions to the London bombings betrayed a virulent strain of Jew-hatred: "It was widely noted that when Tony Blair reminded the House of Commons that many countries had been scourged by the terrorists in recent years, he omitted Iraq from the list. His speechwriters had...
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Competing theories have their merits, but the problem goes deeper than tactics
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A generation ago, author Joe McGinnis introduced the American public to something many already knew, but hadn't thought that much about: the pivotal role of public relations in American politics. His 1970 book, The Selling of the President, detailed the efforts of the cadre of dedicated P.R. pros whose assigned task was to attempt to transform Richard Nixon's image from...
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Evelyn Gordon
Though there's been much talk about terrorism's "root causes" following the London bombings, I have yet to hear anyone mention the most important cause of all: the fact that terrorism has thus far proven extremely effective - thereby encouraging more terrorists to continue. If you accept the West's formulation of the terrorists' goals, that may sound counterintuitive. The Israeli "occupation,"...
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Douglas M. Bloomfield
When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes her 911 mission to the Middle East this week, she will have more on her agenda than just the urgent need to rescue the Gaza disengagement plan and put the shattered cease-fire back together. The Bush administration's top foreign-policy priorities in that part of the world - Iraq and democratic reform - will...
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