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Category: Violence/Terrorism

Ukraine, the Janus of Europe

An article that first appeared at Aleteia Ukraine, a strategically located nation of 45 million, seems to be coming apart at the seams. The largely Ukrainian-speaking western part of the country desires closer ties to Western Europe, including economic and political integration with the European Union (EU). The mostly Russian-speaking eastern half of Ukraine wants [...]

NSA Spying and the Tyranny of Good Intentions

This piece appeared at Aleteia Questions about American intelligence agencies violating the privacy rights of citizens have been front-page news ever since the so-called “War on Terror” began in earnest following the September 11, 2001, attacks. During the early years of the Bush Administration, the controversy focused on warrantless wiretapping, the National Security Agency’s (NSA) [...]

Defend Us and Our Liberties

This was originally published at Aleteia The Obama Administration is doing its best to prove the old adage that bad news comes in threes. Last week, the so-called “Benghazi Whistleblowers” testified before Congress, raising real questions about whether the Administration misrepresented the origin and nature of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya [...]

Tragedy and Farce in Benghazi

This piece originally appeared at Aleteia In the last twenty years, there have been 19 serious attacks on American diplomatic facilities around the world, resulting in over 60 fatalities. However, the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September stands out for several reasons: the organized ferocity of the assault, the timidity of [...]

The Rule of Law and the Law of Love

This article appeared first at Aleteia Last Friday evening, shortly after the capture of the presumed bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, people spilled into the streets of Watertown, Mass., to applaud the public safety officers who had successfully conducted the manhunt and brought the eventual siege to a conclusion. Relief and gratitude combined in a raucous, flag-waving [...]

Christopher Dorner: When Pride Consumes the Soul

This piece originally appeared at Aleteia. Christopher Dorner’s reign of terror came to a fiery end last evening in Big Bear, Calif., east of Los Angeles. For two weeks, Dorner, a 33 year-old former Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer, had conducted a private war against his erstwhile colleagues, killing four people and attracting national [...]

Don’t Choose Evil

Last January, I predicted that Mitt Romney would win the Republican nomination for president and go on to beat Barack Obama for the White House. I’m sticking to that prediction, although I also thought that Romney would be running with Governor Susanna Martinez, and that Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden would flip roles. The lesson [...]

War Without End, Amen

One of the disturbing legacies of the past two decades is that war has become something of a national pastime, a spectator sport in which the United States deploys its wealth and power, not to mention the bodies and futures of its soldiers, in order to establish the principle enunciated by neocon Brett Decker that [...]

9-11: A Personal Recollection

My wife called me shortly before 9:00 am to tell me that something frightening was happening in Manhattan. I was in my office at Enders Island and I turned on the radio just in time to hear someone report – live – that a second plane had plunged into the WTC. Shaken, I walked over [...]