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Michael Medved: Necessary Allies, Not Implacable Enemies

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To place our polarized politics in proper perspective, conservatives need to look back at the nearly half-century struggle known as “the Cold War.” The Soviet Union and its satellites really did amount to an “Evil Empire” and the US and our allies constituted the necessary counterweight of goodness and decency.

But many of the most important nations in the West—including Britain, France, Germany and Canada—were really “welfare states” with centralized, government-dominated economic policies, well to the left of anything the American Democratic Party demands for the US today.

Moreover, many domestic liberals- including Harry Truman, John Kennedy and Senator Scoop Jackson—played heroic roles in opposing the tyrannical menace of international Communism. This history should encourage conservatives to place our current conflicts in the right context. In this dangerous world, contemporary liberals—for all their wrong-headed ideas on health insurance, taxes or social issues—ought to count as necessary allies, not implacable enemies.

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Michael Medved: Miraculous Victory, Unsettled Dispute

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Fifty years ago, the 19-year-old state of Israel won a miraculous, astonishing victory against larger, better equipped forces of Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

The Soviet Union lavishly supported the Arab states, while Lyndon Johnson’s America proclaimed strict neutrality as the Jewish state faced annihilation. Israel had to rely on Mirage jets purchased from France, since American equipment was unavailable. Territorial disputes played little role in the war since the Arabs wouldn’t accept Israel within any borders, openly pledging to “drive the Jews into the sea.” Shortly after the war, Israel offered to trade captured territory for peace but the Arab League responded with the famous “three no’s of the Khartoum Conference”: no peace, no recognition, no negotiation with Israel.

Today, the key issue remains the same as 50 years ago: refusal by much of the Arab world to accept a Jewish state under any conditions, within any boundaries, on the site of the ancient Jewish homeland.

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Bret Stephens on France, Climate Change, and Domestic Politics

Conservative columnist Bret Stephens was on the Hugh Hewitt Show to dissect the recent French election, discuss his move from the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times, and why it’s important for the Trump administration to fill key roles that are currently unfilled at the State Department.

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Michael Medved: France and the Collapse of the Left

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French voters won’t pick a new president until May 7th, but the first round of balloting highlights an important international trend, the dramatic decline of the left:

•    The candidate of the ruling Socialists finished a pathetic fifth in France, not coming close to the run-off.

•    In the most powerful South American countries, Brazil and Argentina, leftists are out of office and face criminal prosecution, while the Socialist government in Venezuela teeters on the edge of collapse.

•    In Germany, India, Israel, the Netherlands and many other nations, the left is divided and defeated, while U.S. Democrats have lost the Senate, House and presidency, holding power in barely a third of state governments.

Yes, populist rabble-rousers and independent centrists show energy around the world, but the more striking current development is the establishment left losing power and influence.

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