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Iran Crisis Triggers Alarm On Venezuela

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 11, 2020

If Tehran plans further retaliation for Qassem Soleimani’s elimination, Venezuela could pose a threat. Iran, after all, is second only to Cuba as Venezuela’s top ally. “Until 2006, our relation with Iran was minimal,” says a Venezuelan journal…

Straight Outta Moravia: A Jewish Saga That Lures Us In

By RUTH RIGA, Special to the Sun
January 8, 2020

Can the Holocaust be 2020 funny? That’s the question Americans are asking about “JoJo Rabbit,” a recent film about Hitler, a boy, and the boy’s mother starring Scarlett Johansson. The film’s directors and screenwriters reckon the only way t…

Claim That Trump Lacks a Strategy Rings False

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
January 7, 2020

The Democratic charge that the Trump administration has no strategy for the Middle East is obviously false. It has elaborated a strategy that includes Russia and Turkey. The problem the administration has faced is that Russia as an issue has been so…

Democrats Start To Look Like the Gadarene Swine

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
January 7, 2020

The Democrats have stumbled into yet another beartrap in their unanimous objection to President Trump’s order to kill the world’s leading terrorist, Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The same misdirected solicitude that caused the Washington Post…

Soleimani Schemed Against America As His World Crumbled

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 3, 2020

Qassem Soleimani’s demise came as his life project — spreading the Islamic Republic’s zeal in the Mideast and beyond — was crumbling. That doesn’t mean the Iranian general couldn’t, or wouldn’t, have wreaked the kind of harm that th…

Mideast To Trump: Welcome Back To the Fight

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 31, 2019

President Trump’s decision to join the region-wide pushback against Iran and its allied militias reminds me of the movie Casablanca. That’s the World War II drama in which Humphrey Bogart’s cynical saloon keeper, Rick Blaine, an ex-gun-runner, gives his coveted letter of transit to the resistance hero Victor Laszlo, who tells Rick: “Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win.”

Elizabeth II, In Christmas Speech, Fails To Say ‘Brexit’

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 25, 2019

What is to be made of the fact that the British monarch failed in her Christmas address — the sixty-eighth of her long reign — to mention the fact that the United Kingdom of which she is the sovereign is about to end its membership in the Europe…

Britain Enters A Long Overdue Neo-Disraelian Moment

Huzzah! Says Our Brexit Diarist on Beaconsfield’s Birthday

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 22, 2019

As 2019 winds to a close, let us remark on how our year of turmoil and drama has brought us to a neo-Disraelian moment. You may say that’s all too convenient a comment from a scribe who for years has been blogging under the rubric of th…

Bolton’s Doctrine Is Back, As Kim Readies Missiles

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 21, 2019

Kim Jong-un’s self-imposed 18-month moratorium on missile and nuclear tests is about to expire at year’s end. Unless sanctions are removed by then, the North Korean dictator is threatening a “Christmas gift” to accompany his traditional New…

The Queen Backs Brexit After All

Our Diarist Savors the Ironies

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 19, 2019

“My Government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 January,” Her Majesty intoned at the State Opening of Parliament. “My Ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure the United Kingdom’s e…

Europe Emerges As An Anti-American Enterprise

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
December 19, 2019

The greatest significance in last week’s decisive and seminal British election is the victory it contains for the solidarity of the English-speaking peoples and the strength, coherence, and legitimacy of what Europeans frequently refer to as th…

Where Stands Boris Johnson On the Big State?

That, Our Diarist Says, Is the Question as Brexit Nears

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 18, 2019

’Twas the week before Christmas and all through the House — of Commons — Brexiteers cannot help but stir at the prospect that Britain’s independence from the European Union is, at last, a likelihood. So on the eve of the Queen’s Speech setting ou…

Victory: Keep a ‘Clean Break’ at the Ready

Brexiteers Are Older But Wiser, Our Diarist Reckons

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 13, 2019

Will it be “déjà vu all over again?” Not since June 23, 2016, have the prospects for Britain’s exit from the European Union looked so bright. Unlike the euphoria of that day, however, Brexiteers have endured three years of dither and delay that dampe…

Brexit: Saturday Night Jive, On Election Eve

Friends Suspect for Traitors, as the Bard Said

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 11, 2019

To gauge what passes for progressive humor on topical politics, one can do worse than watching each week’s cold open that precedes the credits for “Saturday Night Live.” For more than three years, its mainstay has been to heap ridicule on President Trump. Last weekend, SNL widened its net to capture Britain’s Prime Minister.

Brexit: What Would Sisyphus Do?

Our Diarist Looks With Sorrow Upon the Parties

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 10, 2019

Brexiteers anxious to spread the good news of independence cannot deny that theirs has been an uphill battle. Sisyphus, the mythical Greek cursed to push a gigantic boulder up a mountain, has been their avatar; no sooner is the summit reached but that the burden rolls back to the bottom, forcing Sisyphus to resume his labors. Such has the cause of British independence.

Brexit: Once More Into the Blamed Breach

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 8, 2019

Given the political roller-coaster ride the cause of British independence has endured for most of 2019, these several weeks of politicking before Thursday’s general election have been anticlimactic. Like most electoral campaigns, parties vie to outd…

Pelosi on the Spot Over Trump Pact On Mexico Trade

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 6, 2019

MEXICO CITY — Can Speaker Pelosi afford to President Trump a victory as the country enters a presidential election year? Can she afford not to? Those are the questions here after the House Ways and Means chairman, Richard Neal, told reporter…

Our Man at NATO: Trump Suddenly Finds Success

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
December 4, 2019

As the Democrats toil to make their impeachment effort look like something other than a partisan smear job and legal scam, President Trump is at the NATO leaders’ meeting in London, observing the 70th anniversary of that organization, and is able t…