Unfortunately, Alan passed away in June of 2015 and he will be sorely missed - With a career that began in the 1960s as a young journalist, Alan Caruba has been writing ever since to include several books and numerous magazine articles over the years. In addition, he has been a reviewer and charter member of The National Book Critics Circle, with membership in the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He is best known and widely read these days for the commentaries he posts on his popular blog that cover a wide range of topics from politics to energy, environmentalism to education, and everything in between. He is a graduate of the University of Miami (FL), served in the U.S. Army, and resides in New Jersey. Caruba's blog, Warning Signs, has recently passed 2.3 million page views. His monthly report on new books, Bookviews.com, is ideal for anyone who loves to read, reporting on many new fiction and non-fiction titles. Information about his editorial and public relations services can be found on Caruba.com.
Mankind’s capacity for hatred never fails to impress me. It is the source for the evils of war, genocides, and the long litany of horrors. In the last century it manifested itself with the Armenian genocide by the Turks, the Holocaust by the Nazis, the inter-tribal massacres in Rwanda, and, of course, wherever you found communism, you found also the deaths of millions.
There has been a spate of articles regarding the rise of fascist groups in Europe and, in February, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on the rise of anti-Semitism, calling it not only a threat to Jews, but to other religious minorities and the ideal of tolerance in general.
Anti-Semitism ranks among the world’s oldest hatreds. It is endemic to Islam, but the hatred of Christianity and all other religions is a pillar of faith in Islam whose “holy war” is contributing so much unrest in the world today. Islam’s earliest efforts to penetrate Europe were stopped in 732 at Poitiers, France and 1683 outside of Vienna. In 711, Muslims had invaded Spain and remained until they were driven out seven centuries later. The Crusades to redeem Jerusalem were conducted from 1095 to 1291.
I thought it odd that the Republican National Committee would have labeled its analysis of the 2012 campaign loss an 'autopsy'. The GOP is far from dead and, more importantly, neither is conservatism as a political force in the life of the nation.
It would be a very serious error for the GOP to abandon its conservative principles just to win an election and, if history is any guide, it does not have to do that. After a term in office, President Obama is already losing the capacity to influence members of his own party and, in general, Congress gives evidence, even in the Democrat controlled Senate, of ignoring him and, with Republicans, fashioning a response to many issues with the exception of the nation’s indefensible $17 trillion debt. Democrats remain the “tax and spend” party, but their control of the Senate may end dramatically in 2014.
On March 20-21, the world will be treated to President Obama’s first visit to Israel since he was elected in 2009.
Here’s what he will do: "The President will examine the Iron Dome missile defense system, meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres, and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after which they will hold a joint press conference and have dinner together."
"On Thursday, the President will visit the Israel Museum, where he will see the Dead Sea Scrolls and a technology exhibit put together by Israeli universities. He will then travel to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He will then return to Jerusalem and give a speech to students at the International Convention Center, which will be followed by a state dinner with President Peres."
There is so much to repair in America that I cannot criticize those who despair that we shall ever return to the glory days when we were a respected superpower in the world. We were not perfect then, but we acted from the right motivation, our devotion to freedom and its spread around the world.
The enemies of freedom resisted in the days following the end of World War II, but the Soviet Union collapsed as must all socialist tyrannies sooner or later. They have been replaced by an even worse tyrannical enemy, Islam and are told it is only the extremists we should fear. No, we must fear and defeat any manifestation of this cult. It hates women. It hates freedom of religion, of thought, of choice. It is a prison from which some former Muslims escape, but we need to welcome more refugees.
Here at home, the roads are full of potholes, the bridges are aging and in need of repair, and too many Americans are without work. The government tells us unemployment is at 7%, but it is actually closer to 15% or more. The government so routinely lies to us we have grown accustomed to it.
If you take a look at the map of the Middle East and read the daily headlines, you have to wonder what it must be like to be an Israeli—a nation the size of New Jersey—surrounded by Arabs driven insane by Islam, by a succession of brutal dictators, and by the never-ending hate-filled fulminations in the mosques and media against Zionism, Israel, and Jews.
The UN nuclear watchdog released a report last week stating that Iran has installed advanced technology at Natanz, its main site for uranium enhancement. Iran that has relentlessly sought to make its own nuclear weapons and the missiles with which to deliver them. In 2009, Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations—a hotbed of anti-Zionism—and the president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, authored “The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Iran Defies the West.”