The nomination of Gina Haspel by President Trump to become CIA Director has revived the debate over the activity of water boarding, known as enhanced interrogation. What are some of the commonsense guidelines available to those who wish to do things according to a moral code, but value the lives of our children more than virtue signaling or our reputation within left-wing European salons?
Rabbi Spero is a theologian and a political and social commentator. He is author of "Push Back: Reclaiming Our American Judeo-Christian Spirit."
May 16, 2018, 9:44 AM EDT
May 10, 2018, 10:06 AM EDT
In a few moments ancient prophecies will be fulfilled and veritable truths realized when the United States moves its embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. It will also be a day when we will remember the strength and courage of the man who made it happen: President Donald Trump.
September 29, 2017, 11:43 AM EDT
Many were elated and approved President Trump’s July speech in Warsaw, Poland acknowledging the central role western civilization plays in defining who we are and what we believe. Our freedom and survival depend on defending it, he said. Beyond that, he celebrated western civilization as something extraordinary: “What we’ve inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before.”
May 23, 2017, 4:35 PM EDT
Mr. Trump has made trailblazing and unprecedented gestures before the entire world demonstrating an unequivocal bond and affection for the Jewish people and for the Jewish State.
March 31, 2017, 11:46 AM EDT
Transnationalism and fierce multiculturalism warrant alarm.
March 9, 2017, 9:50 AM EST
Saving the lives of fellow Americans is a religious, historic and civic duty.
February 9, 2017, 2:22 PM EST
Saving Americans' lives is a religious, historic and civic duty.
January 18, 2017, 2:26 PM EST
He acted as a left-wing McCarthyist-in-Chief.
January 13, 2017, 4:15 PM EST
Political Correctness is a strategy to reshape America.
November 17, 2016, 10:16 AM EST
The Alt-Left is at it again.
October 19, 2016, 2:56 PM EDT
Why is loving one’s nation and putting its countrymen first so offensive?
August 7, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT
In an effort to intimidate some of the Jewish senators and congressmen thinking of voting against Obama’s Iran deal, there are murmurs from Team Obama about “dual loyalty” and not caving into ‘Jewish donors” – old, anti-Semitic canards. Some have called those planning to vote against the deal “traitors.” The truth is, voting for a moral cause on behalf of one’s people has never been considered an act of dual loyalty, as evidenced, for example, when the entire Congressional Black Caucus voted to place sanctions on South Africa during its apartheid years. This was rightly considered the moral thing to do and brought with it many votes from non-black congressmen. Surely, Mr. Obama, who found such acts of conscience admirable, should not now reverse himself when it comes to a Jewish act of conscience. If the living conditions and equality needs of Blacks in South Africa were worthy causes, then certainly the actual saving of Jewish lives from a nuclear inferno constitutes a moral act.
July 16, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT
One of the most alarming and catastrophic elements being overlooked in this week's give-away deal to the mullahs is that Iran will soon receive $150 billion dollars. With that money they can immediately go after Israel with tens of billions in horrific conventional weapons, missiles, and rockets ... way before any nuclear bomb is fully functional. Israel will be overwhelmed as never before, and America will be more vulnerable to Iranian plots, financed, bizarrely, by Mr. Obama's giveaways. The mullahs can now echo Lenin: "The west will supply us the rope to hang them."
March 30, 2015, 12:33 PM EDT
Much has been said about the strange behavior of Barack Obama, who can’t let a day go without maligning Israel and Mr. Netanyahu. In contrast, he displays friendship to a thug and anti-Semite like Erdogan of Turkey, palled around with the deceased communist Hugo Chavez and keeps standing-up for the Iranian mullahs who want to kill us all or make us slaves to Islam. Those in the media ascribe all of this to a clash of personalities: Obama doesn’t like PM Netanyahu and Netanyahu returns the dislike.
January 8, 2015, 11:01 AM EST
Last week just about every European country voted to establish a Palestinian state, much of it on land designated for Israel by the League of Nations after WWI. The Europeans, together with communist and Islamic countries and dictatorships around the world, wish to go even further by actually dividing Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, in two, as was done in Berlin after World War II. You see, in Europe it’s fashionable to believe that Islam would live up to its billing as a “religion of peace” if Muslims could have just one more state, a 58th Moslem state, right next to Israel. The state will be called a “Palestinian” state, but it will actually be a Hamas state.
December 17, 2014, 10:18 AM EST
Despite the partnership between the terrorist organizations Hamas and Fatah (the new name for Arafat’s PLO), some European nations are demanding that Israel immediately accede to the Hamas/Fatah demands or they will proceed in the UN to declare a Palestinian State and impose on Israel conditions that will not only strip her of her capital, Jerusalem, but place Israelis in instant jeopardy from rockets launched against her from this newly declared state abutting Israel. Like Gaza before, this newest Palestinian state will become a terrorist state and a proxy of Iran.
December 1, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
In his Executive Order speech defending what most consider outright amnesty for five million illegal immigrants, President Obama cited the biblical verse in Exodus: “Thou shalt not afflict the stranger(22:20).” There is no question that unlawful immigrants will soon be awarded a full basket of on-going social services, as well as a fast-track to citizenship. Is the President correct in asserting that we have been afflicting the stranger?
November 6, 2014, 11:33 AM EST
Barack Obama may pay lip service to working with Republicans, but we know he’ll ultimately ram-rod to implement policies he hopes will transform America, actually damage her. Mr. Obama came to America with a chip on his shoulder, and that splinter remains despite Americans twice electing him. A man with a gracious and forgiving nature would have been moved by this outpouring; yet, despite all this, he seems unable to shed himself of his anti-Americanism, revealing a lack of charitable character.
October 27, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT
By now, everyone knows of the attacks by Islamists in our midst, against citizens in New York City, Oklahoma City, Ottawa, Ontario, and the planned beheadings by jihadists of citizens in Sydney, Australia. Well, almost everyone. President Obama insists it is simply “workplace violence, or lone wolf violence, or disgruntled and senseless violence.” So to, do many liberals who’ve made multiculturalism their non-thinking idol.
October 10, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT
During the recent Gaza war, Israel was forced to defend herself from 4,000 rockets and destroy 40 tunnels dug by Hamas terrorists planning to enter Israeli kindergartens and malls from underground hatches. In response to Israel’s self-defense, vicious anti-Israel, anti-Jewish protests organized by leftists and Moslems, erupted across Europe and in America, with signs calling for “Jews to the gas chambers.”