Jim Werbaneth's Blog – June 2009 Archive (5)

Goodbye, Michael Jackson

This is based on something that I just posted on Wargamer.com, in response to the reactions to the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.

Michael Jackson was not a genius on a par with Elvis, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, or a whole host of legends built on talent. He was a fine dancer, a good showman, and a passable singer. The rest was a testament to the power of hype and celebrity. After all, who gave Michael Jackson the… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 26, 2009 at 9:24am — 9 Comments

Fareed Zakariah's Take on Iran

Fareed Zakariah can usually be counted upon for excellent analysis of events in the Middle East and the Islamic world. In this week's Newsweek, he offers an examination of the crisis of legitimacy now facing the Iranian theocracy, one well worth reading.

Dr. Zakariah does not see the regime as… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 22, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Iran: Trying to Control the Uncontrollable

Events in Iran since election day on June 12 have been truly breathtaking. The Islamist status quo faces a crisis of legitimacy, very reminiscent of that which raged through Eastern Europe twenty years ago, and the upsurge of popular rage further calls to mind the popular wrath that drove Shah Muhammed Reza Pahlavi from the Peacock Throne thirty years ago.

In an… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 16, 2009 at 4:07pm — 14 Comments

Why Even Have a Holocaust Museum?

With yesterday's shooting at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum, attention has to be paid to the museum itself. A few people are going ask, why have one? Why should federal tax dollars, in a tight economy after all, go towards commemorating something perpetrated by foreigners a long time ago?

One reason comes to mind immediately: Deniers. Upon the exposure of the Nazis' crimes against humanity, General Dwight David… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 11, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

The Fourth Estate Takes a Holiday

One of the most incisive commentators in the national media, in my opinion, is Robert J. Samuelson of The Washington Post and Newsweek. There are times when I don't necessarily agree with him, but I usually respect his reasoning, and unlike the vast majority of the talking… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 1, 2009 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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