Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with ISRAEL; fight against those who fight against ISRAEL!
Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for ISRAEL'S help! Draw the spear and javelin against ISRAEL'S pursuers!
Friday, November 10, 2023
NEW ISSUE: Burning Illusions
Flames are spreading across a world in crisis.
"The unfolding series of wars and crises around the world has shown that the international order is profoundly unstable," Mike Watson writes in the cover story of the new issue of NATIONAL REVIEW.
There was once widespread hope that it need not be this way.
According to Watson, after the fall of the Soviet Union, too many in the overly optimistic West believed that "democracy and human rights could advance around the world, Communist China could learn free trade, Russia could come into the fold, Europe could unite and become a great and independent power, and none of it would require much spending on the military, diplomatic, and aid tools of foreign policy."
"The future," Watson muses about that mentality, "would be like the finale of Independence Day, with all the peoples of the world united behind American leadership to defeat invading aliens — or, sober-minded fantasists believed, more-realistic threats such as the erosion of the ozone layer."
As Watson explains in "The Fragility of Civilization," Americans must quickly learn the truth about our precarious situation. Though some Americans argue that "Russia's attack on Ukraine and Iran's proxy attack on Israel are unconnected," and while it may be true that the new Axis of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea is not one of complete trust and seamless cooperation, the growing list of Western — and especially American — failures of deterrence have left us perilously weak.
The fall of Afghanistan was a humiliation. Appeasing Iran has made the Middle East more violent. China's military budget has rocketed up to $700 billion a year, while American defense spending as a share of our economy drops ever lower. Many of the Eastern Europeans are arming themselves as fast as they can, but the Germans are dragging their feet. And now that Russia has attacked Ukraine a second time, seven of the ten largest economies in the world are losing a war of attrition to the eighth-largest. In international forums, Western diplomats tie themselves in knots to lay out the challenges without offending their adversaries. They are hashing out the distinctions between magma and lava while their shoes catch fire.
"The incompetence is staggering," Watson writes. "Something must change."
And "Udder Delight" — Luther Abel's adventures as he rides a milk truck through early-morning Wisconsin
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