Paul Greenberg

Posted April 13, 2015

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself . . . ." --Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

Posted April 09, 2015

ur ever innocent president seems to have decided that he and friends are going to straighten out the whole Arab-Israeli impasse in a couple of years. That's how long he, his secretary of state, France's latest president and the usual masterminds at the United Nations should need to divide the already much divided Holy Land into two states, one Arab and one Jewish, living side by side in peace and amity forever afterward.

Posted April 05, 2015

You say you're some sort of scribe, but what Jew isn't? Especially in these times, when Judaea is rife with talebearers, eager to accept the Roman coin. Our rulers must pay by the letter, to judge by the volume of parchment being turned out.

Posted April 04, 2015

The great pretense, the false suspense, the grand charade, the whole production number is about over.

Posted March 31, 2015

hen there's nothing to argue about, knee-jerk critics of Arkansas' junior senator -- energetic and determined Tom Cotton -- will argue about nothing. In this case, about the antiquated Logan Act, which you might say was antiquated from the moment it was passed in 1799. For it was part of the Federalist Party's package of Alien and Sedition Acts, a conglomeration of bad ideas and worse law designed to silence the Jeffersonian opposition.

Posted March 30, 2015

Who is this Scott Walker, and why has he taken off like a house afire in the race for next year's Republican presidential nomination even before it's really begun?

Posted March 27, 2015

No wonder so many of us in Arkansas came to like and admire our former governor, senator and public resource in general -- agree or disagree with him from time to time. His diaries, even if disputed for now by his much too respectable family, show a man in full, and the portrait is refreshing. Especially in this era of blow-dried, bloviating, deadly dull politicos.

Posted March 26, 2015

It was one of the most searing paintings of the modernist era: Pablo Picasso's scream of a masterpiece inspired by the fascist bombing of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War, a horror that would prove but a prelude to the Second World War that began a couple of years later.

Posted March 24, 2015

It sounds like a replay of Eastern Europe in the 1940s, complete with the Red Army sweeping aside old borders in the wake of the Second World War and establishing Russian supremacy over one captive nation after another from the Baltics down to the Balkans, while a stunned West mainly watched in dismay.

Posted March 20, 2015

Old archives, especially those just being dug into, can be the source of breaking news, historic revelations, and general confirmation of what many of us may have suspected all along -- but couldn't be sure about at the time.

Posted March 18, 2015

How interpret a law to mean the opposite of what it says? That's no big problem for lawyers; it's more their specialty. For why would you need sophisticated legal scholars if the law were clear without their services?

Posted March 17, 2015

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but perhaps only if it comes with a fully automatic assault rifle with RPG attached.

Posted March 11, 2015

A friendly critic wants to know why go on and on about historical events when this is supposed to be a column mainly about current events, not past ones.

Posted March 10, 2015

Leonard Nimoy has died at 83.

Posted March 09, 2015

It is not often that a ghostly figure from the past is not only embodied in a present-day politician but addresses the Congress of the United States -- which is what Israel's embattled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, did last Tuesday.

Posted March 07, 2015

The good news is that Arkansas' legislature is taking education seriously this session.

Posted March 03, 2015

Journalism has thrived on scandal since there's been journalism. For who except a saint wouldn't take vicarious pleasure in reading about how the mighty have fallen? Especially when pride, as usual, has gone before the fall. Maybe saints don't read the papers, but we lesser mortals may not consider our morning coffee complete without a look at the headlines. And when it comes to scandal, some of us don't just scan the headlines but devour every word. Consider that a confession.

Posted March 02, 2015

Now it's come out that John Kerry and the administration's other foreign policy masterminds have been withholding details of Washington's coming deal with Teheran from our "ally" Israel. There are some things, they figure, it is better the Israelis not know.

Posted February 25, 2015

Last week our president and commander- in-chief responded to the latest wave of terrorist attacks around the world by -- calling a seminar.

Posted February 19, 2015

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?