The Corner

Nukes & The Fence

A rough week for Israel. First, the head of the IAEA basically says it’s up to the Israelis to make sure the Middle East is free of nuclear weapons. In my mind, Israel performed a remarkable service to mankind when it destroyed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981, the one that was going to build what Saddam Hussein once described as the Arab atomic bomb. Most governments–including the United States–condemned the daring raid at the time. Thank goodness the Israelis had the gumption to do what they did. Second, the “World Court” has declared Israel’s security fence to be “illegal.” Nice of them to do that from the safety of the Hague, where people don’t live in constant danger of being killed by suicide bombers. Israel has an excellent statement in response to ruling: “The Advisory Opinion fails to address the essence of the problem and the very reason for building the fence–Palestinian terrorism. If there were no terrorism, there would be no fence.” The whole thing is worth reading, here.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

Most Popular

Elections

Stick a Fork in O’Rourke

If, as I wrote last week here, Joe Biden may save the Democratic party from a horrible debacle at the polls next year, Beto O’Rourke may be doing the whole process a good turn now. Biden, despite his efforts to masquerade as the vanguard of what is now called progressivism, is politically sane and, if ... Read More
Elections

In Defense of the Electoral College

Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined a growing chorus within the Democratic party in calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Speaking at a forum in Mississippi on Monday night, Warren said that she hoped to ensure that “every vote matters” and proposed that “the way we can make that happen is ... Read More
Education

Ivy-League Schools Wither

A  number of liberal bastions are daily being hammered — especially the elite university and Silicon Valley. A Yale and a Stanford, or Facebook and Google, assume — for the most part rightly — that each is so loudly progressive that the public, federal and state regulators, and politicians would of ... Read More
National Security & Defense

In Defense of the Iraq War

Today is the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Twitter is alive with condemnations of the conflict -- countered by precious few defenses. Yet I believed the Iraq War was just and proper in 2003, and I still believe that today. When Donald Trump condemned the war during the 2015 primary campaign and ... Read More
Elections

Beto-mania and Our Cult of Personality Politics

Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s biggest fans and supporters insist he is a forward-thinking, future-oriented visionary, but no contender for the Democratic nomination feels more familiar than the former three-term congressman from El Paso. That’s because he has the highest combined score in both déjà vu ... Read More