Considering the crisis, or crises, that beset American universities, Jonathan Marks puts forward “a conservative case for liberal education” in his aptly named new book Let’s Be Reasonable. In this context, Marks analyzes the anti-Israel mania that has infected so many professors and students, and the very unreasonable Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement in particular. Andrew Pessin writes in his review:
Can Reasonableness Defeat the Campus Anti-Semites?
Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel
Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events: