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Ben Stein’s thoughtful — and alarming — article about Russia’s increasingly aggressive behavior is an apt reminder that other, serious threats exist besides Muslims and radical Islam. In fact, this concern is really a product of the Clinton years, when it was proclaimed — contrary to all historical experience — that the threat came from loose networks of Islamic extremists. This was accompanied by a refusal to consider the possibility that one or more hostile states may have penetrated and inserted themselves among such networks, including al-Qaida.p>Stein’s words are an appropriate caution. We can reassess our current understanding of the threats we face and recover our prior understanding of the primacy of states in international affairs — or developments will likely oblige us to do so later, when the dangers will be much greater and we will be less able to deal with them. br> — Laurie Mylroie /p> p> Ben has to put in the obligatory put down from the right for France in his article about European dependence on Russian oil. Perhaps he doesn’t know about 90% of France’s non-auto energy needs are met by nuclear power in which she has been a leader for forty years. That’s not to say his comments about the rise of Russia are ill founded, an issue, along with the rise of China, we should be much more concerned about than “Islamofascism” and all the other myths much beloved of writers at the American Spectator. br> — John Ellis /p>
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?