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Foreign desk: The Cyrus Accords?
“Wouldn’t it be poetic if the era of Abraham Accords could be followed by the era of Cyrus Accords?” muse Victoria Coates and Len Khodorkovsky at The Jerusalem Post. Thanks to the US-brokered accords between Israel and Arab states, “the Iranian people will see ever more lucrative deals and new enterprises emerging that may well make them wonder why Tehran relentlessly pursues bigotry, violence and hate instead of peace.” Indeed, the Islamic Republic “stands in contrast with Iran’s otherwise long, rich tradition of tolerance dating back to Cyrus the Great,” the ancient Persian “proponent of human rights and religious freedom” who “liberated the Jewish people from Babylonia.” The “descendants of Abraham and the descendants of Cyrus” may “reconnect in peace and prosperity” sooner than we think: “The United States should be ready to provide the bridge.”
Liberal: Sins of the Woke ‘Elect’
At his It Bears Mentioning blog, John McWhorter shares the horror expressed by Dalton School parents over its “transformative antiracism measures,” which many see as an “excessive focus” on “skin color and sexuality” at ages when kids don’t “even understand what sex is.” He notes, “The Elect (my term for the hyperwoke who are hijacking constructive leftist ideals in this nation) will claim that this sort of thing is exactly what education needs to be, and that white (or ‘white’) parents who object are displaying ‘fragility.’” But the whole “fragility” notion comes “from one of the worst books ever written,” Robin DiAngelo’s recent best-seller. Nor is Dalton unique: The same lunacy is going on at “many more places.”
Conservative: Fall of the Nobel Peace Prize
“If the Nobel Peace Prize really followed Alfred Nobel’s wishes, the next winners should be Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed of the UAE,” declares Spectator USA’s Dominic Green, noting the “mock outrage” over Jared Kushner’s nomination. Unni Turrettini’s “efficient and quietly devastating” book “Betraying the Nobel” demonstrates the award “has betrayed its founding principles and succumbed to an elite form of moral yoga: endlessly patting itself on the back.” Conceived in 1900 as a “dynamite idea” to “recycle the profits from explosives into an incentive scheme for perpetual peace,” the prize soon became “a weapon of Norwegian foreign policy” and later a “kick in the leg” against America. Turrettini explains how “the Nobel has succumbed to the politicized inertia that has sapped the independence and judgment of similar philanthropic monsters.”
Iconoclast: The Next Conservative Movement
Former President Donald Trump presciently recognized one undeniable fact: Movement conservatism “had been exhausted,” and “a much richer one was awaiting exploration,” argues The Week’s Matthew Walther. Most Americans don’t care about abortion, gay marriage, stem-cell research or “the other causes that had animated traditional social conservatives.” Replacing these concerns were worries over “political correctness and ‘SJWs,’ opposition to the popularization of so-called critical race theory, sentimentality about the American flag and the military, the rights of male undergraduates to engage in fornication.” Call them “‘Barstool conservatives,’ in reference to the popular sports Web site, especially its founder and CEO, Dave Portnoy.” In Portnoy, millions of Americans have found a tribune for their “disdain for the language of liberal improvement, the hectoring, schoolmarmish attitude of Democratic politicians and their allies in the media and, above all, the elevation of risk-aversion to the level of a first-order principle by our professional classes.”
From the right: Biden’s ‘Excellent’ Pick for HUD
President Biden made “an excellent choice” in tapping Rep. Marcia Fudge to run Housing and Urban Development, cheers City Journal’s Howard Husock, as she did something HUD “repeatedly tried and failed to do: save a city.” As mayor of small, mostly black Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Fudge recruited “high-end private-housing development,” which led to “a restored tax base, new school construction and an end to housing abandonment” — and she did it with no help from Washington. If she follows through on her “promising” signal that low-income housing shouldn’t last “a lifetime,” she’ll let authorities set time limits for tenants and change the culture of subsidized housing “by making clear an expectation: up and out.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board