Another Tack: The wonderful wizard of Hope (Arkansas)

His real name, according to author L. Frank Baum, was Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. Since it’s a bit cumbersome, the bearer of this moniker squeezed it down to the initials only, which came out as O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D. From the third letter onward the acronym spells “pinhead,” not desirable for an ambitious individual, even if it does hint at the truth. Obfuscating that truth and enhancing his image, therefore, necessitated a further trim, leaving only OZ. Continue reading

Another Tack: Yad Vashem with an air force

One of this country’s prominent professional talking heads, who also happens to be a longtime friend, opined in all earnestness when we met the other day that “the most pivotal recent political development” was Tom Friedman’s op-ed in The New York Times (November 7) entitled “Call White House, ask for Barack.” The broadcaster positively glowed and gloated. >From his ultra-leftist standpoint this was a devastating blow to Binyamin Netanyahu and he lustily savored the triumph. Continue reading

Another Tack: Save the scarecrow

Some scarecrows are charmers. They cannot maintain their upright position without outside support, but there’s a wide engaging smile scrawled on their faces and their incontrovertible cute-factor makes everyone adore them.

Just hear all that pretentious poppycock spouted at us by world opinion (as ever, resonated shrilly by our own left wing). According to trendy conventional wisdom, the Palestinian Authority’s scarecrow – Mahmoud Abbas – can do no wrong. At the same time, the Israelis who keep him from keeling over can do no right. Simple isn’t it? Continue reading

Another Tack: In awe and esteem

Extreme acts are sometimes exonerated by history. When we view the world through our insular prism, we can easily lose perspective. Things may be swiftly magnified to grotesque proportions, like our trepidation of world censure, for instance. Frantically exaggerated anxieties then send us into a panic of self-reproach. Most often our self-inflicted alarm is unwarranted. Occasionally exploits sure to get Israel into hot water internationally may be the right thing to do. Losing our collective head isn’t only unnecessary, it’s downright harmful. Continue reading