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The whole world has been riveted by the chilling sight of the young father and daughter, dead in the water, trying to cross into the United States from Mexico. How can we not be moved to compassion?

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The whole world has been riveted by the chilling sight of the young father and daughter, dead in the water, trying to cross into the United States from Mexico. How can we not be moved to compassion?

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President Ronald Reagan was fond of rallying the American public to pride in country by invoking the “city on a hill” motif originally uttered by the Puritan preacher John Winthrop in 1630. In Reagan’s words: “Americans (are) proud of what for them is still a shining city on a hill.” In true…

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While the Mueller Report noisily rumbles around the corridors of power in Washington to inconclusive result, a dangerous world beset by storm clouds of war cries out for the stabilizing force of a steadying hand. In the Cold War (1946-91), for all its very real threats of nuclear war, the ve…

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Evidently fed up with America’s “endless wars in the Middle East,” President Trump announced Dec. 20 he would pull out the 2,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria in 100 days. The next day, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis quit. In his resignation letter, he cited the necessity of a great country l…

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Before we consign President George H.W. Bush to the dustbin of history books, I would like to shine a light on his stellar achievement with the reunification of East and West Germany in 1991. In fact, I rate this as the most significant diplomatic feat of the 20th century.

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With the midterm elections over, the big question is will the new Congress legislate for the nation or litigate against the president? If it is the latter, the obsessive distractions over the daily “breaking news” of Donald Trump’s alleged Russian collusion versus the mysterious contents of …

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In 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech of racial reconciliation for America. As the son of Lutheran missionaries in India who were called to evangelize Muslims, I recently came across an essay written by my Dad, which advocated an approach of concil…

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As college students flood back into their classrooms, I am reminded of my senior seminar on “The Politics of the Future” that I taught in the fall. Together with my wide-eyed seniors, we charted the waves to the future on four “surf boards:” technology, politics, economics and social/religio…

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Americans are still lucky to be living in a constitutional, democratic republic. The latter two words are held together by a written constitution that, in Hannah Arendt’s prescient observation, “contains the extraordinary capacity to look upon yesterday with the eyes of centuries to come.”

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The English philosopher John Donne wrote that “No man is an island entire of itself.” In this vein, the United States cannot be great again without the help of others. America needs friends.

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Public discourse today is obsessed with the question of Russia’s alleged electoral meddling in the presidential campaign of 2016. The House Intelligence Committee has just concluded that there was no such meddling, while the equivalent committee in the Senate has determined that there was.

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Having destroyed three Syrian chemical weapons sites with cruise missiles in mid-April, President Trump is receiving no end of advice as to what to do next.

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As America descends into a tabloid culture of “breaking news,” the larger world might be on the brink of the historic denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Perhaps softened by the Winter Olympics in February, North Korea’s mercurial dictator Kim Jong Un shortly thereafter invited Preside…

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On Feb. 7-8, a pitched battle erupted along the Euphrates River in Syria. When it was over, dozens of Russian mercenaries were dead along with an estimated 100 Iranian backed Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon. Victory, in this case, belonged to ethnic Kurdish militiamen fighting alongside U.S.…

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In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump boasted that “America is a nation of builders,” and called on Congress to authorize $1.5 trillion to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.”

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At the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, held last October, President Xi Jinping (64) ensured his leadership for the next five years. With his domestic power base thus secured, he is now ready to face the world.

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During this fall season, some professional football players in the NFL are protesting the persistence of racial injustice in the United States by kneeling on bended knees in silence during the singing of the national anthem during the opening ceremonies of their ball games. These protests ha…

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The recent 10-part PBS series on Vietnam by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick has reawakened the ghost of the war (1960-1975) that still haunts the baby boom generation. Since I served two tours in Vietnam in 1972 and 1973, and then devoted the bulk of my scholarly career to writing about the Vietna…

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The sad truth is that members of the two parties live in the same country, but inhabit different worlds.

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Radical Islamic terrorism, and other forms of violence, will finally dissolve when the adherents of all faiths bend their respective knees to the love of Jesus, the blessings of JHWH, the release of Rama, the compassion of Buddha, and the mercy of Allah.

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Two hundred forty-one years ago, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence to claim, among other things, the “unalienable” right to “the pursuit of happiness.” This pursuit was the hallmark of the Enlightenment, an intellectual tree of many branches that served as the foundatio…

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Op-ed: Tim Lomperis analyzes three options the world has in dealing with the nuclear threat posed by North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un.

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On the Lexington village green on July 29, 1775, the Massachusetts colonial militia confronted a company of British regulars. One of them, in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s immortal words, “fired the shot heard round the world.” Thus began the American Revolution, an event that ultimately triggered t…

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Russia has posed a danger to the West for two centuries. In the 19th century, it sought warm-water ports in a southward push to the Mediterranean Sea. Seeing this push as a threat to the maritime lifeline of the British Empire, Queen Victoria sounded the alarm: “Above all else, the Russians …

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As Donald Trump learns the ropes of the presidency, a dangerous world of three boiling regional caldrons awaits. This is the first in a series of columns on our dangerous world: one on regions, another on the challenge of Russia, one that focuses on the multiple threats from the Middle East,…

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Ronald Reagan called on America to shine as a “light on a hill” illumining the promise of democratic government. Today such a light would reveal a hill with a pack of snarling wolves turning on each other with bared fangs. It’s better to turn off this light until this brawling mob can reform…

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It is fashionable in some quarters to half-way write off the election of Donald Trump by declaring the electoral result as an Electoral College victory for Donald Trump and a Popular Vote win for Hillary Clinton — as if we have a schizophrenic system of selecting our presidents. The implicat…

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The ancient Chinese sage, Lao Dze, warned that “fine weapons are instruments of evil” because they too easily seduce rulers into war. I am beginning to think that such dangerous fine weapons today are the use of drone strikes to kill terrorist leaders.

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Everyone wants to defeat ISIS. Both presidential candidates have made this central to their campaigns. In truth, such is the oft-stated goal of the current Obama administration as well. But in the pursuit of this common cause, they disagree on how to achieve it.

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 From the moment the first nuclear bomb was detonated over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, followed by a second one over Nagasaki on Aug. 9, President Obama's plea has echoed throughout the chambers of the history.