Presidents Bush and Obama have made a habit of declaring Islam to be “a religion of peace” and offering similar statements of a generic kind. Do such pronouncements constitute salutary public discourse? Meaningless pabulum? Outright falsehood? Elliott Abrams and Shadi Hamid, both former Bush-administration officials, debate the question. (Audio, about two hours).
Should the American President Call Islam a Religion of Peace?
Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On
On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes: