Senior Perspective: Eli Muller

May 1, 2003 • 1
Yale has innumerable traditions, social, political and academic, ranging from the silly (secret societies) to the exceptionally silly (building villages on Beinecke Plaza). I’ll remember most of them with fond amusement in years to come. But there’s one tradition that will not draw an indulgent shake of the head from my elderly future self, and »

The journalist we knew only in fearless, fiery print

April 7, 2003 • 0
In the fall of 1990, a young freelance reporter named Michael Kelly arrived in Baghdad to begin chronicling the human consequences of the impending Gulf War. For the next year he traversed the Middle East, hitchhiking through battles aboard an Egyptian tank, crossing the front lines in a rented jeep, and finally escaping Saddam Hussein’s »

An (almost) unsentimental education

March 31, 2003 • 0
I’ve spent the last few months lambasting classmates for ignorance, hysteria, and most recently bigotry. Yet I would be remiss if I did not devote a column, a few weeks from graduation, to how much I’ve learned from my classmates. This isn’t a carpe diem column, or an exercise in nostalgia: many of the most »

Locating the hate in anti-Zionism

February 28, 2003 • 0
It has been an unpleasant week to be Jewish at Yale. On Tuesday, Dean Pamela George published a column to the effect that it was no more inappropriate to invite rabid anti-Semite Amiri Baraka to speak than it was to invite former members of the Israeli military. That afternoon, Baraka spoke to a standing ovation. »

Yalies should care less and read more

February 20, 2003 • 1
As long as I’ve been at Yale, professors, guests and students have taken turns railing against apathy on campus. Yalies, we are told, care too little about the outside world, and prefer to live lives of complacent indifference surrounded by their course books. Such exhortations to care, to make our voices heard, will no doubt »

Sympathy for the devil

February 6, 2003 • 0
James Kirchick’s excellent column last week (“Singing the praises of dictators,” 1/30) described how a group of American public health students returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia returned with a startlingly rosy portrait of a fundamentalist, despotic regime. One wonders how bright, educated American students could be so grievously conned. It’s not as if »

More schools? Uh-uh, more prisons

January 16, 2003 • 4
That crucial political issues tend to get reduced to bumper stickers in the mass media is no surprise; that this happens so frequently on college campuses is sadder but no less surprising. Sometimes sloganeering merely renders discussions silly and formulaic. In some cases, however, platitudes actually cause grave social problems to be ignored. Few suffer »

Psst, read on for the city’s best kept secret

November 21, 2002 • 309
When I began writing this column, I conceived of it as a forum for exploring the difficulty of choosing courses of action in ghastly situations. I wanted to argue that in the muddy and tragic field of international relations, the options that seem viscerally repugnant might be the most compassionate ones possible under the circumstances. »

Why fighting for oil isn’t so preposterous

November 7, 2002 • 0
The most frequently repeated slogans often turn out to be the most inane when subjected to sustained scrutiny. Case in point: the mantra “No war for oil,” which has been plastered across placards, bulletin boards and editorial pages for the last several weeks. The slogan represents a theory of Bush’s true motivations for going to »

Bush’s hidden motives are irrelevant

October 24, 2002 • 0
The decision to go to war is always a momentous one, not to be undertaken lightly. The importance of the question makes it that much more lamentable that so much of the discussion about Iraq consists of speculation as to Bush’s “true” motives. As innumerable columnists in these pages and in national newspapers have alleged, »

The real Iraq — and a call for action — in Technicolor

October 10, 2002 • 0
This year’s most important film is a shocking chronicle of America’s crimes against the Iraqi people — and I’m not referring to the decade of economic sanctions or casualties from sporadic bombings. The film revolves around four rather corruptible American soldiers just after the end of the Gulf War. They’ve seen no action thus far »

Israel should crush terror networks, then withdraw permanently

April 9, 2002 • 0
As a lifelong liberal Zionist, I have spent the last 18 months struggling for some kind of moral clarity, if not hope, as my sometime home descends further into violence. After 18 months of tormented reflection, I now blame Yasser Arafat for his dishonesty and intransigence, and for his cowardly and self-serving refusal to tell »