Those Who Single out Islam Don’t Understand Terrorism

“Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky The average person might be surprised to find out that George Habash, the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was an Orthodox Christian. Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian nationalist who killed Robert Kennedy, was also a Christian. So was PFLP leader Wadie … Continue reading Those Who Single out Islam Don’t Understand Terrorism

Czechoslovakia 1945: An American Soldier’s Defense of Internationalism

The following is a letter written by a soldier in the Third US Army by the name of Frederick Simonton at the end of the Second World War. Frederick Simonton also so happens to be my grandfather. He wrote this when he was about my age. During the War, he served as General George Patton’s secretary. Whenever I read an excerpt of one of Patton’s … Continue reading Czechoslovakia 1945: An American Soldier’s Defense of Internationalism

Trying to be Post-Partisan in the Trump Era

By Brian O’Donnell “Early hominids lived a precarious existence where freeloaders were a direct threat to survival, so they developed an exceedingly acute sense of whether they were being taken advantage of by the group. But by the same token, one of the hallmarks of early human society was the emergence of a culture of compassion that cared for the ill, the elderly, the wounded, … Continue reading Trying to be Post-Partisan in the Trump Era

An Appeal to Republicans to Save the Legacy of a Great Party

To my Republican Friends, I have never voted for your party at the national and state level in my adult life, but I grew up in a very conservative part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I know many of you. I only speak to my own experience, but any overt racism I endured was the exception to the rule. Although I was younger, I also … Continue reading An Appeal to Republicans to Save the Legacy of a Great Party