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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was abducted by Hamas in a cross-border raid in 2006, a few months before his 20th birthday. This is what he looked like as a teenager:
Shalit, now 25, has finally been released, in exchange for over a thousand Palestinian prisoners, including perpetrators of many serious terror attacks. (This is strategically crazy, of course, but politically irresistable given the emotional resonance of the Shalit case in Israel; in a country with universal conscription, to many he became not just someone’s son, but everyone’s son.) This is what he looked like today, during the shameful spectacle of a clearly-coerced interview with Egyptian State TV, just before his return to Israel:
It doesn’t appear that feeding him well, or keeping him in good health, was a top priority for Hamas.
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