Treat Driver’s Licenses as What They Are

September 23, 2002

“Treat Driver’s Licenses as What They Are” Los Angeles Times (September 23, 2002) p. 11.
California Gov. Gray Davis is weighing whether to sign a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

The Silver Lining of 9/11

September 13, 2002

“The Silver Lining of 9/11″ The Christian Science Monitor (September 13, 2002) p. 11.
One year ago, terrorists left deep marks on American society, but hardly those they intended.

How Democracy is Preserved

August 26, 2002

"How Democracy is Preserved." Christian Science Monitor (August 26, 2002) p. 9. Also published in "The Record," August 28, 2002, as "Ashcroft's Policies Strengthen Democracy."
Civil libertarians claim that John Ashcroft and Co. have endangered our civil liberties since 9/11, as we enter the inevitable assessments around the first anniversary of the attacks.

Opening Islam

August 14, 2002

In 1982 President Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as the “evil empire;” in 2001 President Bush referred to the terrorists as the “evildoers.” Both were chastised for using such stark, biblical, moralistic terms. Both had a point, as the confrontations with militant forms of socialism and of Islam entail much more than a war over boundaries and resources, shifting balances of power, or avenging national slurs. These conflicts do speak to and for core moral and social values; both do concern the defense of liberty from enslaving forces.

Why Martha ‘Needs’ More

August 13, 2002

“Why Martha ‘Needs’ More” The Christian Science Monitor (August 13, 2002) p. 9.
The new law on corporate responsibility will accomplish nothing without a profound change in American culture.

When It Comes to Ethics, B-Schools Get an F

August 04, 2002

“When It Comes to Ethics, B-Schools Get an F” The Washington Post (August 4, 2002) p B4.
Ever since Enron, business schools - the training grounds for corporate tycoons - have been forced to face the fact that they have filed to produce honest brokers.

Mobilize America’s Foot Soldiers

July 25, 2002

“Mobilize America’s Foot Soldiers” The Christian Science Monitor (July 25, 2002) p 9.
Congress is busy creating a Department of Homeland Security. But another new federal entity that could be making a vital contribution is barely mentioned: the Citizen Corps.

Lowering Membership Bar Cheapens ‘Democracy

July 25, 2002

“Lowering Membership Bar Cheapens ‘Democracy’” USA Today (July 25, 2002) p 13A.
President Bush's recent demand that Palestinians replace Yasser Arafat with a new leader before the next steps can be taken toward peace in the Middle East raises a crucial question: Should we seek to unseat any democratically elected leader?

Show US Mettle in Pakistan

July 18, 2002

“Show US Mettle in Pakistan” The Christian Science Monitor (July 18, 2002) p 13.
The credibility of American power is being tested these days not in Iraq, but in north Pakistan.

Throw Book at Terrorists Who Hide as Civilians

July 03, 2002

“Throw Book at Terrorists Who Hide as Civilians” USA Today (July 3, 2002) p 13A.
In 1946, before the establishment of the state of Israel, I served in an underground unit (PalMach) of the Jewish community. We were fighting the British, who ruled over Palestine in those days.

The Costs of Stonewalling

July 01, 2002

“The Costs of Stonewalling” The Christian Science Monitor (July 1, 2002) p 9.
It's time for Corporate America to learn a lesson from the Roman Catholic Church: Stonewalling and playing down revelations of abuse, whether sexual or financial, cannot be sustained in the long run.

But Remember, Good Fences Always Make for Good Neighbors

June 26, 2002

President Bush has offered a fine plant that, at best, will take years to implement. For now, a fence will make all the difference.

Mideast: Focus on the Possible

June 17, 2002

“Mideast: Focus on the Possible” The Christian Science Monitor (June 17, 2002) p 9. By Amitai Etzioni and Shibley Telhami.
As violence in the Middle East continues, hopes for a settlement have been further dimmed by an alarming polarization. Palestinians and Israelis have returned to the language of maximal demands, and to pointing fingers at all that has gone before. This trend can only make peace more elusive.

Ein Amerikaner in Europa wundert sich

June 13, 2002

“Ein Amerikaner in Europa wundert sich” Die Presse (June 13, 2002)