The Corner

While in Paris…

So Palestinian strongman Yasser Arafat is receiving medical treatment in Paris. Maybe some good will come of it, but only if French authorities quiz him about Palestinian suicide bombings: The families of six French citizens murdered in Israel during Palestinian terrorist strikes are now demanding that their government ask Arafat a few questions. Don’t count on it, though. The French have a long history of coddling Middle Eastern bad guys, as Mark Molesky and I point out in Our Oldest Enemy. In other French news, a just-released poll shows French adults preferring Kerry over Bush by a margin of 71 percent to 11 percent.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.