An Unappreciated Boon

The modern toilet has to be one of the most unappreciated wonders of the world. You probably take it for granted as you linger over the comics pages of your newspaper, knowing all you have to do is pull that little lever when you’re through with your morning ablutions and go on your merry way. […]
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What’s the UN Doing?

I just learned there’s a “UN mission in Iraq.” Really? What do they do? Why haven’t they stopped ISIS in its tracks, protected the Kurds and rescued the Yazidis? It seems the UN is a shadow of what it could be. And that’s a great pity. The UN performs an admirable humanitarian service throughout the […]
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Give the Kids Asylum!

In the blizzard of words set off by thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the US border from Mexico, the sanest analysis comes from the United Nations. The kids are refugees, most of them anyway, the UN points out in a new report. Of course they’re refugees. And of course they should be treated as refugees […]
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The Awesome Power of Decisiveness

It’s a complicated world, and it becomes more complicated every day. Now, more than ever, political decisions are based on incomplete analysis. But however difficult the decision, once a conclusion is reached, action must be unambiguous. There’s a story about Alexander the Great that goes something like this: When Alexander was rampaging across Asia, he […]
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As Ugliness Rages, Inspiring Deeds Are Overlooked

There’s something in human nature that revels in ugliness. During my newspaper editing days, I once experimented with highlighting news I found inspirational instead of the usual blood-stained menu of sex, violence and “controversy.” The experiment was a flop. That’s why you seldom hear of the decent things people do. The media learned long ago […]
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It’s Time for the UN to Show Some Guts

Today, as I watched a television news program showing Russian tanks crawling like vermin over the neighboring state of Georgia, I had a flashback to November 1956 when the same thing happened in Hungary (photo below, right). The world did nothing then. The world will probably do nothing now. Back then the Soviet Union was […]
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