A troubling question of perceptions

In a column in the Globe and Mail, concerning whether or how the Middle East will disrupt Donald Trump's presidency, John Ibbitson raises a troubling question. "All of these presidents," Mr Ibbitson say, speaking or Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barak Obama, "brought, at the least, goodwill to the question of how … Continue reading A troubling question of perceptions

Regarding Israel

Two items caught my eye in the news this past week: First, the Globe and Mail reports that "In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation” of international law. In doing … Continue reading Regarding Israel

Are we heading toward another World War?

In a column in the Toronto Sun, Candice Malcolm asks: "Are we heading toward another World War?" My short answer is "No, but ..." I have said, several times, that there are three danger zones: First: In the South China Seas there is a danger that a US military commander could misinterpret or misunderstand a … Continue reading Are we heading toward another World War?

If there should be a right to die, must there also be a duty to accept “assisted” death?

Margaret Wente, in a though provoking column in the Globe and Mail, which is well worth the read, raises the issue of a "slippery slope" between a "right to die" and, potentially, she thinks, to a "one size MUST fit all" approach ... a sort of variant of the "zero tolerance" approach about which I have … Continue reading If there should be a right to die, must there also be a duty to accept “assisted” death?