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The Left: A History of Violence and Racism – Net Neutrality ‘Comments’ Edition

Godfather of Communism Karl Marx counseled: “Accuse others of what you do.”  More than a century’s worth of Marx-Communist disciples – have rigorously adhered to this tenet. Communism has…a bit of a history-of-violence problem.  It spent the 20th Century – murdering roughly 100 million people. The American Left really hasn’t held up its end of the bargain on the body count – but that doesn’t | Read More »
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Mosul On My Mind

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The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away ― or so the Internet assures me.  Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I know next to nothing about Mosul’s, nor do I have more than a glancing sense of what it looks like, or more accurately what it looked like when all its buildings, including those in its “Old City,” were still standing.  It has ― or at least in better times had ― a population of at least 1.8 million, not one of whom have I ever met and significant numbers of whom are now either dead, wounded, uprooted, or in desperate straits.
Consider what I never learned about Mosul my loss, a sign of my ignorance.  Yet, in recent months, little as I know about the place, it’s been on my mind ― in part because what’s now happening to that city will be the world’s loss as well as mine. 
In mid-October 2016, the U.S.-backed Iraqi army first launched an offensive to retake Mosul from the militants of the Islamic State.  Relatively small numbers of ISIS fighters had captured it in mid-2014 when the previous version of the Iraqi military…