Month: November 2009

The End of an Era…

Last night in the town of Buffalo, New York, a luminous chapter in American cultural history closed with the last performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. While there could well be a few more shows lined up…

Fort Hood in Context…

It has been widely reported that before he opened fire on his fellow soldiers Maj Nidal Malik Hasan shouted “Allah Akbar,” or “God is great.” This, along with his Arabic name, naturally led to the conclusion that this was an…

The Hardest Choice

When asked why, after decades of opposition, German Chancellor Willy Brandt was suddenly ready to reverse himself politically and engage East Germany, his response was “I got smarter.” He did not, of course, get any smarter but what he got…