By James A. Kidney Endless wars over dry desert lands. Ancient Muslim myths promulgated to the young by old men demanding a return to the nomadic life of 700 years ago or longer, an unachievable goal pursued at the cost of those young lives, but not of the old. If your dreams are not of the nomadic Muslim life as described in the Quran, demand instead that we relive the equally ancient lives recounted in the Old Testament and the Torah, with all the violence, hatred and – again – mythology those texts provide. In the Middle East, it is easy to find those far more loyal to an ancient, tribal story of division as a substitute for logical and scientific thinking, modern achievement, and a welcoming community. But why not look to restore the past in the Middle East? The present and a thousand years of history have … Read more of this post . . .
By James A. Kidney If Sen. Bernie Sanders is still realistically in contention after Tuesday’s big primaries in Illinois, Ohio and Missouri, he will have to start showing the voters how serious he is about important matters beyond economic inequality. Most notably, he will have to pay attention to foreign policy. Sec. Hillary Clinton’s enthusiastic support from African-American voters assures her victory in the Florida primary and likely in North Carolina. Though polls show her ahead of Sanders in every Tuesday primary, some of the polls have poor reputations and Sanders’ surprise showing in Michigan makes even more reputable polls suspect — at least until Wednesday. But assuming Sanders at least roughly divides the delegates with Clinton, he will remain a formidable candidate. One hopes that will drive Clinton further to the left economically and cause her to focus her rhetoric more on the economic divide than on Pollyannish sentiments … Read more of this post . . .