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Former President Barack Obama address the participants at a summit on climate change involving mayors from around the globe in Chicago, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ** FILE **

On the run everywhere

The natives are restless everywhere, and they’re frightening the elites. The political parties of the social democrats, and even the Socialists, are crumbling all across Europe. A new version of class war is shaping a new kind of politics, and the implications are worldwide.

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FILE- In this March 7, 2012 file photo, Illinois gun owners and supporters file out National Rifle Association applications while participating in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Hearing aid maker Starkey Hearing Technologies is joining other companies that have cut ties with the National Rifle Association after the latest school massacre. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

The damaging futility of boycotts

Boycotts are nearly always ugly business. They usually punish the innocent, rarely slay the guilty and accomplish only cheap publicity for the grandstanding self-righteous. This time the boycotters are taking aim at the National Rifle Association, the designated villain in the St. Valentine's Day massacre at a Florida high school.

Polish people are reflecting on and debating about their country's history with death camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, where an estimated 1.1 million people perished during World War II. (Associated Press/File)

Getting history right

History, Henry Ford famously said, "is bunk." He might more accurately have said that history is not bunk, but a lot of interpretations of history are. Both winners and losers of the world's wars have been guilty of twisting reality.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks to the media with an announcement that the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and several Russian entities, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington. The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Terror at the flagpole

The times, they are a terror. Robert Mueller needs suspects in his pursuit of collaborators with the Russians, so he's recycling suspects he had already indicted once. Patriots in Seattle, terrified that Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart, if not Marse Robert himself, have been raiding on Puget Sound, and settled on the flag of Norway as an object of contempt when the familiar Confederate battle flag was not available.

A Kim Jong Un impersonator, calling himself only Howard from Australia, holds a unification flag while attending the Korea-Japan womens ice hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.  (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)

North Korea blinks

Sometimes what doesn't happen is the telling clue to what's actually going on, like Sherlock Holmes' "dog that didn't bark." Consider the case of the meeting between Washington and Pyongyang that didn't happen at the Blue House in Seoul.

In this Oct 26, 1994, file photo, Evangelist Billy Graham begins his sermon in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. He was 99. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Billy Graham, the faithful servant

Spreading the good news of the Gospel was Christ's great commission for his church, and in Christian teaching the commission was meant for every believer. The Gospel according to Matthew tells that upon His resurrection Christ gathered his disciples and said:

Robert Mueller

Special counsel Robert Mueller has assembled a team of 17 prosecutors for the Russia probe. Nine have donated to President Barack  Obama, Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party.

Another minnow in Mr. Mueller's net

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming, but without the exclamation points. Indeed, they're already here. Robert Mueller announced another indictment Tuesday, this time of a Dutchman, but he has a Russian wife, which counts for something in the fear index. Mr. Mueller was expected to haul in at least a tuna by now, and so far has landed only minnows. But there's no doubt more to come.

Crumbling Infrastructure (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

A tax proposal to nowhere

Repairing the nation's highways is a good idea. Paying for it with a uuuuuuuge increase in the federal gasoline tax is not a good idea. Donald Trump has had some good ideas over his first year in the White House, but socking it to motorists is not one of them.

FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the FBI. Mueller is nearing the end of his 12 years as head of the law enforcement agency that is conducting high-profile investigations of the Boston Marathon bombings, the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and leaks of classified government information. The committee's chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said when it comes to national security leaks, it's important to balance the need to protect secrecy with the need to let the news media do their job. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mr. Mueller's indictments

Robert Mueller's indictments of 13 Russians for interfering in the 2016 presidential election is not the end of his investigation, nor was the announcement Friday an interim report on what he has found so far. President Trump's victory lap on Friday might prove to be premature, but nobody can rightly blame him for what sounds like the last laugh at accusations that he colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Bungling at the FBI

A policeman's lot is not a happy one, and these are miserable days for the FBI, stung by accusations that it bungled high-profile political investigations, and just when the legacy media was ready for an all-out assault on Donald Trump and guns for conducting the massacre of children in Florida the FBI is revealed to have ignored a tip that would likely have prevented unspeakable tragedy.

South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the nation and press at the government's Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says he will resign 'with immediate effect' (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Ouster in South Africa

This week marked the 28th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. On Wednesday, one of Mr. Mandela's prison neighbors at Robben Island, Jacob Zuma, resigned as president of the country a year short of the term to which he was duly elected.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asks a question of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, on the Financial Stability Oversight Council. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Spurning the Pocahontas connection

When is a slur a slur? We've become the apologetic society, mindlessly trading in regrets, amends and excuses, demanding pardons for often meaningless or unintended affronts and transgressions. An apology asked for is no apology at all, but this never occurs to the bruised snowflakes among us.

The President's FY19 Budget is on display after arriving on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The pretense of budget control

The Trump budget looks a lot like the budgets Barack Obama drew up. There's no way an economist with his head on straight would defend the indefensible maneuvering of Congress and the president over the past several days.

The pretense of budget control

The Trump budget looks a lot like the budgets Barack Obama drew up. There's no way an economist with his head on straight would defend the indefensible maneuvering of Congress and the president over the past several days.

The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are displayed together following an official unveiling ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Washington. Barack Obama's portrait was painted by artist Kehinde Wiley, and Michelle Obama's portrait was painted by artist Amy Sherald. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Painting a prickly president

Nobody likes to get his picture took. Vanity, thy name is woman. (Shakespeare's observation was actually written as "frailty," but good luck with correcting it now.) Vanity is a curse not restricted to the ladies. You need look no further than the White House for proof of that.

An athlete from team USA points during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Clive Mason/Pool Photo via AP)

Dark skin and gold medals

If race-consciousness becomes an Olympic sport, and who can say it won't, the United States will have a lock on the gold medal. Silver and bronze, too. There's no escaping race obsession that thrives in every crevice, cleft, nook and cranny in America. A body can step on it unaware everywhere.

Fabricio Alvarado vows to defy an order issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to legalize same-sex unions. (Associated Press/File)

EDITORIAL: A right turn in Costa Rica

Costa Rica, proclaimed National Geographic magazine only last year, is "the happiest country in the world." It's certainly one of the most stable, but there's more. "Costa Ricans enjoy the pleasure of living daily life to the fullest in a place that mitigates stress and maximizes joy."