Mosque and State in Iraq

October 14, 2003

The United States, in Iraq and elsewhere, should cease promoting a secular civil society as the only alternative to a Taliban-like Shia theocracy. We cannot quell the religious yearnings of millions of Iraqis (and many other elsewhere) merely by fostering strong political and economic institutions and the sound values they embody--to wit, democracy and capitalism.

Much Ado About Money

September 22, 2003

“Much Ado About Money” National Law Journal (September 22, 2003) p. 23.
On Sept 8, the U.S Supreme Court heard an appeal of a lower court decision that voided a large portion of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.

Our Unfinished Post-9/11 Duty

September 11, 2003

“Our Unfinished Post-9/11 Duty” The Christian Science Monitor (September 11, 2003) p. 9. Also published as “How Secure Is Our Homeland?,” in Deseret Morning News (Utah) (September 14, 2003) p. AA03

Two years have passed without a new attack on our homeland, and Americans are increasingly complacent.

Shift Money From the Colleges to K-12

September 02, 2003

“Shift Money From the Colleges to K-12″ Los Angeles Times (September 2, 2003) p. B11.

There may be a faint silver lining in the sharply higher tuition fees that state colleges are charging students this year.

Dial Down U.S. Involvement in Iraq

August 27, 2003

“Dial Down U.S. Involvement in Iraq” USA Today (August 27, 2003) p. 11A.
As of Tuesday, the number of U.S casualties incurred after the end of major combat operations in Iraq exceeds those we suffered during the war.

How Liberty is Lost

August 14, 2003

“How Liberty is Lost.” Symposium: Fallacies in Democracy Society Vol. 40, No. 5 (July/August 2003) 44-51.

Stop Obsessing over Saddam

August 12, 2003

“Stop Obsessing over Saddam” USA Today (August 12, 2003) p. 13A.
Bernard Trainor, a retired Marine Corps general and mailitary analyst, called the deaths of Saddam Hussien's sons Uday and Quasay "a tremendous blow to the Baathist regime and a real boon for those Iraquis seeking a Saddam-free future.

A Fence to Make Good Neighbors

August 06, 2003

“A Fence to Make Good Neighbors” Christian Science Monitor (August 6, 2003) p. 9.
Instead of chiding Israel for building a fence between its territory and the land on which the Palestinian state is to be formed, the United States should welcome it.

Better Safe than Sorry

July 21, 2003

“Better Safe than Sorry” The Weekly Standard (July 21, 2003).
The Bush administration is incessantly criticized, and not only from the left, for a variety of safety measures it introduced in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Senator Patrick Leahy, for example, said in November 2001, "We don't protect ourselves by bending or even shredding our Constitution." And a New York Times editorial the same month claimed that the president "is eroding the very values and principles he seeks to protect, including the rule of law." Almost daily, someone bemoans the "death of privacy" or the rise of the "surveillance society."

Worth the Inconvenience

July 14, 2003

“Worth the Inconvenience” National Law Journal (July 14, 2003).
Next time you visit your doctor or are admitted to a hospital, you will be asked to endorse a privacy statement. Read it carefully. Since the new regulations protecting medical privacy took effect, trouble is breaking out all over.

Don’t Separate Mosque and State

June 16, 2003

“Don’t Separate Mosque and State” Los Angeles Times (June 16, 2003) p. A11.
The United States should cease promoting a secular civil society as the only alternative to a Taliban-like theocracy in Iraq.

No Talk of the Town

June 02, 2003

“No Talk of the Town” Legal Times (June 2, 2003) p. 51.
Proposed FCC rules risk more national control of newspapers and TV. But without local media, communities die.

Gemäßigten Islam im Irak unterstützen

May 26, 2003

“Gemäßigten Islam im Irak unterstützen” (Support Moderated Islam in Iraq)Süddeutsche Zeitung Nr. 120 (May 26, 2003).
The United States in Iraq should cease promoting a secular civil society as the only alternative to a Taliban-like Shia theocracy.

Corral This Disease Now

May 19, 2003

“Corral This Disease Now” National Law Journal (May 19, 2003) p. 27.
Ten years from now, after we have already survived a bio-terrorist attack, some historian may well mutter, "Thank God for SARS!" We have long known that the laws concerning safeguarding public health in case of an epidemic, especially those dealing with isolation and quarantining, are highly inadequate and obsolete.

What is political?

May 14, 2003

There is no widely agreed upon definition of what is political. A definition that seems fruitful is to hold that political processes concern bridging power differences with society with those within the state, bridges that carry inputs both from society to the state (e.g., the results of elections) and from the state to society (e.g., Presidential speeches; legislation).