Son of Hamas

CT interviews Mosab Hassan Yousef, author of Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices.

You can read an excerpt from the book at the TDC Readings page here.


Templeton Foundation

The Nation on God, Science and Philanthropy. See here.


Basic Economics

A new survey reveals that “self-identified liberals and Democrats do badly on questions of basic economics.”


Regime Change

Turkish Regime Changes Sides, West Averts Eyes by Barry Rubin.

Why have Israel-Turkey relations gone from alliance to what seems to be the verge of war?

The foolish think that the breakdown is due to the recent Gaza flotilla crisis. The merely naive attribute the collapse to the December 2008-January 2009 Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip.

Such conclusions are totally misleading. It was already clear-and in private every Israeli expert dealing seriously with Turkey said so-well over two years ago. For example, the Justice and Development (AK) party government did not permit a single new military contract with Israel since it took office. The special relationship was over. And the cause was the election in Turkey of an Islamist government.

Read the rest here.


I Know

Jay Nordlinger expresses my sentiments exactly.

If the world lets Israel go under, a mere two or three generations after the Holocaust, we will have learned a sick, sick thing about the world. Time magazine, I think it was, once had a very dramatic, hard-to-forget cover: “Thinking the Unthinkable.” It was about nuclear armageddon. (Remember when people worried about that stuff? Then Reagan came . . .) Events large and small — Iran’s nuclear drive, the Helen Thomas outburst — have led me to think about the unthinkable: the loss of Israel. They won’t go without a fight, I feel sure. And I know which side I’m on.


Western Political Models

Western Political Models and Their Metaphysics by Claude Polin.

Part I
Part II


The Shallows

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reviews The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr.


Sex in Heaven

Peter Kreeft: Is There Sex in Heaven? See here.


Public Pension Debacle

Here’s a report (pdf) entitled, How California’s Public Pension System Broke (and How to Fix It).


Good Grief

Ted Haggard and wife to start new church. See here.


Not Humanist

The Immanent Frame reviews An Atheism that Is Not Humanist Emerges in French Thought by Stefanos Geroulanos.


The Shack

Slate on the success of The Shack.



The WSJ on Turkey’s decline into madness.

To follow Turkish discourse in recent years has been to follow a national decline into madness. Imagine 80 million or so people sitting at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. They don’t speak an Indo-European language and perhaps hundreds of thousands of them have meaningful access to any outside media. What information most of them get is filtered through a secular press that makes Italian communists look right wing by comparison and an increasing number of state (i.e., Islamist) influenced outfits. Topics A and B (or B and A, it doesn’t really matter) have been the malign influence on the world of Israel and the United States.

For example, while there was much hand-wringing in our own media about “Who lost Turkey?” when U.S. forces were denied entry to Iraq from the north in 2003, no such introspection was evident in Ankara and Istanbul. Instead, Turks were fed a steady diet of imagined atrocities perpetrated by U.S. forces in Iraq, often with the implication that they were acting as muscle for the Jews. The newspaper Yeni Safak, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s daily read, claimed that Americans were tossing so many Iraqi bodies into the Euphrates that local mullahs had issued a fatwa ordering residents not to eat the fish. The same paper repeatedly claimed that the U.S. used chemical weapons in Fallujah. And it reported that Israeli soldiers had been deployed alongside U.S. forces in Iraq and that U.S. forces were harvesting the innards of dead Iraqis for sale on the U.S. “organ market.”

More here.


One More Time II

Andrew Sullivan gets it wrong one more time.

Andrew Sullivan is not a huge fan of Israel; he is entitled to his opinion. However, his latest column about the incident in the waters outside of Gaza makes up the facts. Honestly, in the case of most of the posts Sullivan writes about Israel, Andrew is living in his own reality, where truth and facts do not matter.


No More Time

What do you mean Obama’s not a Socialist?

Release of the Federal Trade Commission’s working paper on “reinventing journalism” makes it clear that there is no more time for diplomacy about this issue: President Obama is determined to federalize the news industry just as he has banking, autos, and health care.

More here and here.


The Grand Jihad

Power Line provides a “word from the author” Andrew McCarthy about his new book, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.


Theology Books

CT: Seven Theology Books for the Beach. See here.



Mona Charen: Flotillas and Falsehoods.

The effort to destroy the Jewish state has many fronts. One front is in Iran, where the maniacal regime that has repeatedly promised to “wipe Israel off the map” marches inexorably toward a nuclear bomb. Another is in Gaza, from which Hamas has lobbed 10,000 missiles into Israeli cities. Yet another front, the most insidious, is comprised of the propaganda arm of the Palestinian movement. And this front thrives for only one reason — the complicity of the world press and the so-called “international community.”

It was the propaganda arm that staged the “Freedom Flotilla.” But there have been many previous productions: The propaganda arm was responsible for the photo-shopped images of damage to Lebanon during the 2006 war, the staged “death” of twelve-year-old Muhammad al-Durrah, the “massacre” at Jenin, and the “war crimes” in Gaza.

In each and every case, the “news” of Israeli atrocities was broadcast far and wide by organizations such as Reuters, AP, CNN, and AFP. The United Nations has offered its imprimatur to every libel. The truth seemed always to have a case of laryngitis.

Read the rest here.

Mona also comments:

A number of astute readers have pointed out that North Korea’s brutal, unprovoked attack on South Korea’s warship, which killed 47 on March 26, has received little international comment and nothing like the condemnations hurled at Israel today.


American Theocracy II

Who knew the American Theocracy would actually come from the Left?



A good reason to boycott Facebook.

Funny, they have no problem with this page.