Iraq “Curveball”

A man known as “Curveball” was the source of the claims made by Colin Powell in 2003 before the UN. The only source. And the US never checked him out themselves–they just relied on raw information from Germany (who also didn’t check him out). Eighteen months after 9/11 US intelligence agencies were still acting like…

Gaddafi on the Bible

Remember Muammar Gaddafi? He’s turned into a Biblical scholar, it appears. He said: “The Bible we have now is not the one that was revealed to Issa [Jesus] and the Old Testament is not the one that was revealed to Musa [Moses]. Muhammad is mentioned in both (original versions), but the Tora and Bible we…

WAPO on Easter

Washington Post editorial congratulates Easter for learning to be tolerant–though it might do better. Easter has been a time of renewal and hope for millions, but for others — victims of age-old religious persecution — it has at times been a dark and frightening occasion. … Easter today, in America and elsewhere, has become a…

Andrew Sullivan on the War

Andrew Sullivan reflects on what he’s learned since the early days of being a supporter of th war in Iraq. But my biggest misreading was not about competence. Wars are often marked by incompetence. It was a fatal misjudgment of Bush’s sense of morality. I had no idea he was so complacent—even glib—about the evil…

Kinda late, don’t you think?

It seems military personnel who are not citizens will get that citizenship if they die in Iraq. This is twisted. They don’t get a reward for their service–only if they die.

Christians and Immigration

At First Things, law professor Michael Scaperlanda says the Catholic bishops in Oklahoma missed an opportunity. HB 1804, passed late last year, makes it illegal to “conceal, harbor, shelter, transport, or move illegal immigrants in the state,” and allows confiscation of assets of those so involved. Scaperlanda thinks Christians are right to be alarmed, because…

AIDS and the Churches: Getting the Story Right

Edward Green and Allison Herling Ruark, writing in First Things, respond to myths about AIDS and the churches, in particular, a study by Georgetown. Green is director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and Ruark is a research fellow with the project. Ironic, isn’t it, that…

Hillary in Tuzla

Via Mark Shea. See also the Washington Post, which says, Clinton’s tale of landing at the Tuzla airport “under sniper fire” and then running for cover is simply not credible. Photographs and video of the arrival ceremony, combined with contemporaneous news reports, tell a very different story. Four Pinocchios.