Who Are the Real Criminals?

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

ONE PEACEFUL SUMMER’S day in July 1997, two years after the end of the Bosnian war, a policeman called Simo Drljaca went fishing by a lake near Prijedor with his fourteen-year-old son. Suddenly he heard a rustling in the bushes, and saw a group of soldiers running towards him, brandishing their weapons. He instinctively reached […]

The Way Forward

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

AMONG ACADEMICS AND journalists there is no shortage of self-styled ‘public intellectuals’ – thoughtful writers who hope to make big ideas accessible to a popular audience. But few perform this role more effectively than Francis Fukuyama, who first gained worldwide attention with his intriguing claim that the fall of Communism marked the ‘end of history’.

The Way Through to the Light

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

THREE CURRENT-AFFAIRS experts have consistently impressed me on British TV: Philip Windsor, who sadly drank himself to death; Hazhir Teimourian, whose wine intake is modest; and Timothy Garton Ash, with whose alcohol consumption I am as little familiar as his person.

The End of Multiculturalism

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

WITH THE CLASH of Civilizations in the Nineties, Samuel Huntington anticipated today’s confrontation with radical Islam. The wars of the future, he said, would not be national or economic in origin, they would arise from fundamentally conflicting world-views derived not, as in the past century, from competing humanist ideologies, but from culture and history. With […]

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