Yearly Archives: 2004

Are We Overestimating the Enemy, Again?

For decades we overestimated the strength of the Soviet economy. Are we now overestimating bin Laden’s strength? If so, we are paying a very high price. Continue reading

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Barghouti

The name Marwan Barghouti is much in the news these days. The charismatic Palestinian, now locked up in an Israeli jail, is the only serious candidate for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority to challenge the front-runner, Mahmoud Abbas. Originally … Continue reading

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Iran and the Bomb

If we want to discourage the Iranians from having their own nukes, we ought to try to understand why they want them so badly, and the fact we are all playing chicken with each other. Continue reading

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Dawkins and Group Selection

Both biologists and anthropologists have claimed that with rare exceptions, the principle of selection by groups does not operate as an evolutionary force. I believe that the biologists are right but the anthropologists are wrong. I have the temerity to take on the great Richard Dawkins in this essay. Continue reading

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Faith, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Republican Party

If you’re brought up trained to believe religious doctrine that collides with reality you will find it easier to reconcile current Republican doctrine that is equally at odds with the world we live in. Continue reading

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One Planet, One People. Beyond "Us vs. Them"

That’s the name of my second book, available on amazon.com and elsewhere. It sums up much of the thoughts on these pages and much more.. Please buy a copy. Continue reading

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Out of Control

The Israeli juggernaut continues to roll over surviving Palestinians in the West Bank even as Sharon maneuvers to get out of Gaza. Meanwhile we see signs of ethnocentrism, even racism, emerging on the Israeli right. Continue reading

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Every Child Knows

Prospects for an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank are evaporating, as Sharon’s government creates ever more “facts on the ground.” A recent, firsthand report and assessment. Continue reading

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Ramallah Trip Report, July 16-22, 2004

I have just spent a week on the West Bank as a member of a delegation of retired US diplomats. This is my trip diary, a bit lengthy. For a shorter assessment, see “Every Child Knows.” Continue reading

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The Hole in the Doughnut

Trying to analyse the Middle East without referring to Sharon’s policies is like trying to describe a doughnut without mentioning the hole. But we keep on trying… Continue reading

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