At the Diversity-Focused “New York Times,” Jews Who Are Proud of Israel Aren’t Welcome

In a wide-ranging interview with Megyn Kelly, the Mosaic contributor and former New York Times editor Bari Weiss discusses, inter alia, the intolerant attitudes of the “woke” left to any challenges to its ever-evolving orthodoxies—and toward Jews and the Jewish state. Weiss recounts hearing that one colleague at the Times had asked another, in a mocking tone, “Is Bari Weiss writing about the Jews again?”—noting that such a comment would be “unfathomable” if it were made about a member of just about any other minority group. Eventually she left the publication after months of harassment. Around the 52-minute mark, the conversation turns more specifically to the thin line between so-called anti-racism and anti-Semitism, and the ways that the state of Israel has been turned into a symbol of evil. (Audio, 101 minutes.)

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More about: Anti-Semitism, New York Times, Political correctness, Progressivism

An American Withdrawal from Iraq Would Hand Another Victory to Iran

Since October 7, the powerful network of Iran-backed militias in Iraq have carried out 120 attacks on U.S. forces stationed in the country. In the previous year, there were dozens of such attacks. The recent escalation has led some in the U.S. to press for the withdrawal of these forces, whose stated purpose in the country is to stamp out the remnants of Islamic State and to prevent the group’s resurgence. William Roberts explains why doing so would be a mistake:

American withdrawal from Iraq would cement Iran’s influence and jeopardize our substantial investment into the stabilization of Iraq and the wider region, threatening U.S. national security. Critics of the U.S. military presence argue that [it] risks a regional escalation in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran. However, in the long term, the U.S. military has provided critical assistance to Iraq’s security forces while preventing the escalation of other regional conflicts, such as clashes between Turkey and Kurdish groups in northern Iraq and Syria.

Ultimately, the only path forward to preserve a democratic, pluralistic, and sovereign Iraq is through engagement with the international community, especially the United States. Resisting Iran’s takeover will require the U.S. to draw international attention to the democratic backsliding in the country and to be present and engage continuously with Iraqi civil society in military and non-military matters. Surrendering Iraq to Iran’s agents would not only squander our substantial investment in Iraq’s stability; it would greatly increase Iran’s capability to threaten American interests in the Levant through its influence in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

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More about: Iran, Iraq, U.S. Foreign policy