Thomas Sowell

Now that various nations in the Middle East have offered at least some cooperation with the American military forces assembling for a possible invasion of Iraq, if the attack is called off and Saddam Hussein survives as dictator, those nations will be in jeopardy of retaliation. More important, the willingness of other nations to stick their necks out to help us in future crises will be in jeopardy.

I hate to think that someday Americans will be looking at the ruins of their cities and saying that this happened because their leaders were afraid of the word "unilateral."

There is no excuse for sending grossly abused children back to their abusive parents, when there are plenty of people who want to adopt a child -- and who are being put through the wringer by the same social workers who want to give terrible parents second, third, and fourth chances.

The biggest difference between people is between those who are trying to do the right thing -- whether or not they succeed -- and those for whom the only question is how much they think they can get away with.

Once I realized how expensive funerals are, I began to exercise and watch my diet.

While discrimination is the pat explanation for differences between blacks and whites, whether these gaps are in income, test scores, or rates of unemployment, infant mortality, or approval of mortgage loan applications. Yet Asian Americans have the same advantage over whites that whites have over blacks -- and the pat explanation of discrimination cannot explain that.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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