Paul Greenberg

Posted May 09, 2015

There are times when the best climax is anticlimax, and the British election Thursday was one of them.

Posted May 06, 2015

As a public service, here is a brief guide for Americans to tomorrow's British elections.

Posted April 28, 2015

Religious wars have been a recurrent, even defining, aspect of Europe's history. Why have there been none on these shores despite the best efforts of demagogues to stir one up? Indeed, the very idea of a religious war in this country has something more than faintly ridiculous about it. To use a phrase vaguely attributed to Mark Twain, "It's not American, it's not un-American, it's French."

Posted April 27, 2015

Hail, hail, the gang's all here, but to what purpose? Mike Huckabee is showing symptoms of still another presidential campaign, and all the old familiar faces are back -- his daughter Sarah, his spokesflack Alice Stewart ... and they're not getting any younger. Is this going to be a presidential campaign?

Posted April 24, 2015

Military justice is to justice as military music is to music. Not the same. Not the same at all.

Posted April 22, 2015

April 19th has come again this year, but it never quite goes. How can it? It stands out like a scar. It may no longer be the bleeding wound it was on that first April 19th -- except to those who were there and in a way still are. And can never leave. Their lives, their families, even their memories will never be whole again.

Posted April 21, 2015

Once upon a quite different time, Americans debated politics; we didn't just trade videos of politicians making gaffes on the campaign trail. As when Barack Obama tells those who built their own businesses, "You didn't build that." Or the hapless Mitt Romney described the 47 percent of Americans who were expected to vote for his opponent in the last presidential election as "takers." As he put it: "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

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.