Paris Bombings, Public Response, and the New Tribalism

Evil is very real and as we know from the Paris mayhem, universal. ISIS, of course, is its mirror image. This week, Kurdish Peshmerga troops, retaking the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq, discovered two mass graves just outside the city. One contained the bodies of 78 elderly women shot by ISIS; the other, some 60 men, women and children, presumably Yazidis, executed when ISIS … Continue reading Paris Bombings, Public Response, and the New Tribalism

American Sniper: Anatomy of a Mauling

There’s been heavy flak, to say the least, over Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster film, American Sniper. It started with film director Michael Moore’s take on snipers as “cowards” who shoot people in the back.” Others soon piled on, like Seth Rogen, who compared the film to Nazi propaganda. Outspoken Bill Maher went further, condemning real life Chris Kyle, on whom the movie is based, as a … Continue reading American Sniper: Anatomy of a Mauling

Chemical Attack in Syria: Obama Looks the Other Way

The videos from Syria are horrific and unprecedented, with row upon row of corpses, many of them children, in what now seems to indicate some kind of chemical agent, perhaps nerve gas, judging by the symptoms, also captured on camera, of the last gasps and spasms of the dying.  Presumably the attack was launched under the auspices of the Assad regime, since it’s well known … Continue reading Chemical Attack in Syria: Obama Looks the Other Way