Marina Malenic

That Was War

 

This review is taken from the November 2006 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to the monthly print edition, click here. The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War by Martin Gilbert (Henry Holt & Co., 332 pages, $27.50) Over 90 years ago, British, French, and German troops began a five-month battle […]

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Can’t We Get Along?

 

The Next Superpower? The Rise of Europe and Its Challenge to the United States by Rockwell A. Schnabel, with Francis X. Rocca (Rowman & Littlefield, 199 pages, $22.95) IS THE EUROPEAN UNION A FRENCH-LED, socialist conspiracy to undermine U.S. power, as some of the more strident American commentators have suggested? Many have gone so far […]

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Gulag Americans

 

A Pentagon report released earlier this month concludes that many American servicemen were imprisoned in the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. The “Gulag Study” was compiled by researchers for the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, who have been investigating reports of Americans held in the vast network of Soviet forced labor camps. “I […]

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Follow the Uranium Trail

 

In the wake of the Iraq war, Muammar Qaddafi decided — for various reasons, depending upon who is asking him and when — that giving up his illicit weapons programs was a prudent idea. The various components of those programs, now stored at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, are fairly substantial trophies in […]

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Kissing the Sky

 

On New Year’s Eve 2005, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian officially opened the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101. The bottle-green, 1,667-foot, $1.8 billion structure was designed by native architect C.Y. Lee to reflect a distinctly Chinese aesthetic, calling to mind stacked pagodas or, according to some, a stick of bamboo. “Chinese people love bamboo because it’s […]

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Duelfer and the Dullards

 

WASHINGTON — A week after the release of chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq Charles Duelfer’s report and subsequent testimony to Congress, Johns Kerry and Edwards continue to quote from Duelfer’s report –very, very selectively. Edwards said Sunday, “The point of all this is Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.” President Bush fielded questions […]

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Kerry’s Carpet Ride

 

WASHINGTON — In last week’s Presidential debate, Senator Kerry offered a couple of proposals that stand out as particularly worrisome but have not received the level of scrutiny they deserve. He offered his vision of “multilateralism” — not in connection with his nonexistent Iraq plan, however. According to the Senator, a Kerry regime would favor […]

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Found in Translation

 

The Genius of Language: Fifteen Writers Reflect on Their Mother Tongues Edited by Wendy Lesser (Pantheon, 256 page, $23) The historian Thomas Lacquer, born in Turkey to German Jews who escaped their country in the wake of WWII, recalls being urged by his parents as a three-year-old to learn Turkish so that he could communicate […]

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Decline and Fall

 

The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It by Phillip Longman (Basic Books, 288 pages, $26) A quick search for the term “population decline” in an articles database turns up 248 English-language results for the past two months. Of those entries, the majority are about the wild Atlantic […]

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Dynasty

 

Many moons ago — so many, in fact, that a conflict which saw extensive hand-to-hand combat inspired enough shock and awe in that innocent time to be dubbed “the Great War” — the British royal family exercised a bold maneuver. As atrocity stories of pointy-helmeted Germans bayoneting Belgian infants were promulgated on the homefront, King […]

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