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“Certainly to you and to me and to everyone in the West it seems quite shocking,” says Father Benjamin of Aziz’s refusal to answer Gantz, “but seen from the point of view of people in these countries — it’s against the law there even to pronounce the name of Israel. … Maybe if there were a different policy toward the Palestinians and toward Iraq, then there would be less aggressivity on their part.”
Still, the priest (a lot more affable on the phone than he was on the dais) admits that it would have been better if the Iraqi official, visiting Italy on a mission of peace, had taken the chance to make a gesture toward “openness and dialogue” at the press conference.
“At one moment I wanted to intervene,” Father Benjamin says, “but I thought that as a priest I couldn’t insert myself in a political matter between two countries.” God forbid.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online