Wednesday, February 26, 2020

In praise of moral caution

A delicious question was asked in the Ottawa Citizen, this last week, and answered by Margaret Somerville, the McGill ethicist. It was, “What is...

David Warren returns Wednesday, May 20

David Warren takes his annual 5-week vacation in the spring, and will return Wednesday, May 20

Musharraf’s gamble cannot succeed

Something I did not deal with in my Wednesday column—although several of my correspondents assumed I did—was whether I think General Pervez Musharraf can...

Lessons from Kosovo

A reader writes: “Your solution to everything is, call in an air strike.” Well, readers with exceptionally long memories will recall that I have not,...

We owe a debt to Bush

This time next week, we’ll have a new U.S. president (perhaps you’ve heard). The inauguration parties will be breaking up, and we’ll be in...

Kafka comes to Canada

It is hard to say whether the decision announced Wednesday by Athanasios Hadjis, the quasi-judge of the Canadian “Human Rights” Tribunal, is a victory...

Fearless advice

How dare an elected government of Canada tell the civil service how to run the country. How dare a mere prime minister contradict the...

Pan Am bomber’s release: A grave act of injustice

That there is justice to be had in this world, I cannot doubt. But more and more we must look for it from nature,...

Pessimists and predictions

Let me make clear: this column was filed before any polls closed in the U.S. midterm election. It would be, therefore, exceptionally obtuse for...

Remembering the future

It is once again our annual day of war remembrance. The day has been “clustering” with other anniversaries: Monday, for instance, was the 20th...

Class of Cultures Tackled With Candour in Holland

Now here is a job only a woman could do. The woman is Rita Verdonk, “Minister of Integration” in the Netherlands. Her job is,...

The only way is forward

The American and British top commanders have recently grumbled, or more than grumbled, about indifferent political responses to their requests for more feet and...

Head over heart

Do I feel sorry for the latest batch of seaborne refugees to land in Canada? The question is irrelevant, but the answer is yes. Sane...

Proliferating bureaucracies, and other evils

Bear with me, gentle reader. I want to return to an old theme of mine, but I want to do it abstractly. Normally a columnist...

Questions about AIDS that no one asks

The extremely attentive reader will have noticed an interesting story this week about the international AIDS crisis. In case you didn’t find it buried...