The Israeli-Palestinian confrontation is complicated, and would be even without the bad faith that is the region’s chief export. Many elements in the conflict go back to the 1930s, and are layered one atop the other, making peace impossible and even cease-fire difficult.
The Diary of Anne Frank was one of the most moving, and most heartbreaking, stories to come out of World War II. Anne, then 12, and her mother, father and sister, took refuge in a tiny, cramped attic with four others in Amsterdam when the Nazis overran the Netherlands. The next year she began keeping a diary, writing her secret thoughts about life and collecting favorite fragments from writers she admired.
“Saving the world” is the stuff of comic books, and some famous egos are firmly rooted in fantasy. Even the pope. The “global warming” fad has turned a global spotlight on the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, and presidents and prime ministers are primed there to demonstrate their kryptonic super powers by rescuing the world from the depredations of human industry.
The soldiers of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, have been on a roll, mostly against junior varsities, but now they have challenged the A-team. They may soon get a chance to see how tough they really are. Blowing up a Russian passenger plane infuriated Vladimir Putin and the Paris attacks enraged Francois Hollande.
The continuing crisis in the Middle East has pushed the continuing crisis in Cuba off the front pages, but it’s nevertheless a disaster, and getting worse. Not since the Mariel Boatlift of 1994 has the hemisphere seen anything like it. Thousands of Cubans are abandoning the island, often selling their last belongings to put together the $15,000 needed to reach some part of Central America.