1. Scottish Referendum: A Testament to British Civilization

    That Scots get to choose their own destiny shows how seriously Britain takes its commitment to freedom and self-determination.

    However Scotland votes on Thursday, the simple fact that it will have a referendum on independence peacefully and only after careful deliberation testifies to Britain's greatness. It wasn't so long ago that the peoples of Eastern Europe fought and died to liberate themselves from Soviet oppression. Only in recent years has…
  1. Swedes Ought to Reelect Reinfeldt

    Sweden’s prime minister leaves his country a much better place than he found it eight years ago.

    John Fredrik Reinfeldt's government in Sweden looks certain to lose an election on Sunday. That is unfortunate. His government, in office since 2006, has done much to transform the Nordic country. Once…
  1. Iran, Syria Are No Allies in Defeating the Islamic State

    Enemies of America that enabled the Islamic State in the first place can hardly be expected to help defeat it.

    The governments of Iran and Syria may be opposed the Levantine militant group that calls itself the Islamic State but they are hardly allies in the fight against it. Rather, they helped create the…
  1. Abe’s Refusal to Shake Up Japan’s Labor Market Spells Decline

    Young Japanese can’t find the job security they need to start a family. Their government is doing nothing to help.

    When Prime Minister Shinzō Abe finally unveiled his plans to make Japan more competitive in June, the proposals underwhelmed. While he promised to lower Japan's corporate tax rate, currently the highest in the developed world, to below 30 percent, Abe shied…
  1. Israel Was Right to Reject American Ceasefire Proposal

    Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to have only taken into account the concerns of Hamas.

    When Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal for a ceasefire between Gaza militants and Israel reached the latter's cabinet on Friday, it reportedly united liberals and…
  1. Obama Escapes Nixon Treatment for Holiday Bombings

    Leftists condemned the 1972 bombings of North Vietnam but hardly criticize Barack Obama’s drone strikes in Yemen.

    In the fall of 1972, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and a North Vietnamese peace delegation led by Lê Đức Thọ reached a preliminary peace agreement in Paris that would eventually lead to the end of the Vietnam War, at the time America's longest war. Kissinger…
  1. Putin at Ease in Asia’s Power Politics

    The West’s desire to isolate Russia does not seem to resonate in Asia where powers’ interests trump liberal ideals.

    There is an expression in Japan: kumo o tsukamuyou. It translates roughly into "like grasping a cloud." We might call it "wishful thinking." The proverb springs to mind when reading Japan's former defense minister Yuriko Koike's…
  1. None of the Above: Europe’s Leaders Should Reject the Spitzenkandidaten

    By nominating someone else to chair the European Commission, leaders would make clear they are still in charge.

    When Europe's leaders meet on Tuesday to discuss who should replace José Manuel Barroso as European Commission president, they would do well to look outside the…