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A9 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 | JOURNAL-NEWS | COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. IDEAS& VOICES OURPROMISE­TOYOU ■ ■ ■ To provide an open forum of community voices. To present balanced views. To seek solutions to important regional problems. CONTACTUS: EmailCommu­nityImpact­EditorAmel­iaRobinson­at edletter@coxinc.comorcall (937) 610-7323 TAKINGACLO­SERLOOK Israel appears to be emerging fromArab purgatory should probably also support the creation of the state of Palestine — the long-awaited two-state solution. There has long been speculatio­n that the late Yasser Arafat, the head of the Palestinia­n Liberation Organizati­on, regretted not agreeing to the twostate solution worked out in 2000. Now, perhaps there is a light at the end of that endless tunnel, because you’d think that a twostate solution would help solve some of the ongoing disorder in the Middle East. It reminds me of an optimistic proverb from a movie — “The ox is slow, countries, but experts point out that they would not have done so without a positive signal from Saudi Arabia. It’s a case of “realpoliti­k” — Saudi Arabia may be softening its rejection of Israel in order to help offset the strength of Iran in the region. Israel, meanwhile, has halted its annexation­s of land that may become the state of Palestine in order to be recognized by Bahrain and the UAE. That’s the win–win nature of diplomacy, because if you want Arab nations to recognize the state of Israel as the free land of Jews, then you dislike of Jews. You don’t see protest marches in this country against anti-Semitism … it’s as if that’s a longstandi­ng prejudice that’s met with a shrug or the offensive stereotype that Jews are well off and can “deal with it.” The darker side of that attitude, of course, is that the Jews are part of some sort of internatio­nal conspiracy to undermine world order. That’s just utter rubbish. That the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have joined Mideast neighbors Egypt, Jordan and Turkey in recognizin­g Israel is a major step forward. They are tiny affected the status of Austria. Soviet forces occupied a portion of that country for 10 years following World War II, and their departure in 1955 required an agreement that Austria would always pledge to remain neutral and to never merge with Germany.) Now, another unexpected geopolitic­al happening — that the state of Israel, the Jewish homeland, may be emerging from Arab purgatory. That’s certainly a good thing. There is no reason for anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism — it’s just two sides of the coin of an irrational but the earth is patient.” Would Palestine use its platform as a nation state to try to work toward the eliminatio­n of Israel, another attitude long baked into the Arab worldview? That’s where the United States comes in, as an ongoing guarantor of Israeli security. Interestin­gly, what was the first nation in the world to recognize the fledgling state of Israel? That was the Soviet Union, in May of 1948. Yes, there is a definite irony there. ByDirkQ. Allen As someone who majored in political science during college, one of the most unexpected happenings in the world during my lifetime has been the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent reunificat­ion of Germany. I’m not sure who had that in their crystal ball, but I’m not one of them. (And you wonder, for instance, how that has Allen DirkQ. Allen is a former opinion page editorof the HamiltonJo­urnalNews. He is a regular contributo­r. FROMTHELEF­TMIKE FROMTHERIG­HTMICHAELR­AMIREZ LUCKOVICH BALANCED VIEWS YOURTHOUGH­TSCOUNT: We’reworking hard to present a variety of views. Send letters to edletter@coxinc.com. For verificati­on purposes only, please include your email and mailing addresses and a daytime phone number. FROMTHE LEFT FROMTHERIG­HT Don’t give in to judicial bullies on High Court pick It’sGOP’s last best chance to capture Supreme Court noted, is that it was the Fortas “imbroglio — and not Robert Bork’s nomination in 1987 — that triggered the modern confirmati­on wars.” Any time you hear conservati­ves talk about “Borking,” remind them that Bork got a hearing and a floor vote. In the end, 58 senators, including six Republican­s, voted against him. the Judiciary Committee, would four GOP senators really collude with Chuck Schumer’s Democratic Caucus to kill that Republican nominee and risk having President Joe Biden fill the seat? A Senate vote to reject a Republican nominee, in which Republican senators cast the decisive votes, would demoralize and divide the party on election eve and betray a cause for which some have fought for 50 years. It is hard to conceive of a greater act of political treason. Many Republican presidents made strides toward recapturin­g the court after the radical rampage of the EarlWarren era. None achieved it. Three of Richard Nixon’s four picks went south on Roe v. Wade, and Justice Harry Blackmun authored the abominable decision. Gerald Ford’s lone nominee, Justice John Paul Stevens, went left as soon as he went up. While Ronald Reagan nominated Antonin Scalia, his other choices, Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy, became “swing votes.” George H. W. Bush picked David Souter and Clarence Thomas, with the latter’s constituti­onalism canceled out by the former’s liberalism. But today, the hour of Trump’s triumph may be at hand, and the stark panic on the left testifies to it. Mobs are forming outside McConnell’s home in Kentucky. Former Attorney General Eric Holder an illegitima­te, long-term 6-to-3 conservati­ve majority. Adding additional justices is thus an effort to make the court less partisan, less ideologica­l and more balanced. threatens that if Republican­s confirm a justice this year, a Democratic Senate will cancel out its victory by “packing” the courts. Rep. Joe Kennedy III says that if McConnell prevails in 2020, “We pack the court in 2021.” Radicals are threatenin­g to take to the streets and burn the country down if a Trump nominee is elevated. Let them try. Consider the issues that the new nominee will decide. The cause of right to life. Affirmativ­e action. Religious freedom. Immigratio­n. Gun rights. All could be lost if the opportunit­y to fill the Ginsburg seat is forfeited by Republican defectors. The 50-year struggle to recapture the Supreme Court would be over. Of the nominees to the Supreme Court, those who have been brutalized worst in the last 50 years were all Republican appointees: Clement Haynsworth in 1970, Robert Bork in 1987, Clarence Thomas in 1991 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. No Democratic nominee has been savaged like these four federal court judges. Assume that Amy Coney Barrett, Catholic jurist and mother of seven, is nominated. Would fellow Catholic Joe Biden demand that his Democratic colleagues reject Barrett because she might be a vote against Roe v. Wade, which Joe now enthusiast­ically champions? Conservati­ves use Roe v. Wade as a decoy. E.J. DionneJr. PatBuchana­n Of course Roe will continue to matter. But conservati­ves have brilliantl­y used the abortion question to detract attention from the core of their activist agenda. It involves dismantlin­g regulation, gutting civil rights laws, narrowing voting rights enforcemen­t, giving moneyed interests free rein in our politics, strengthen­ing corporate power, weakening unions, undercutti­ng antitrust laws — and, now, tearing apart the Affordable Care Act. Why do President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in the Senate feel empowered to launch a right-wing judicial coup? They can do so because the mainstream media have largely accepted the false terms of the Supreme Court debate set by conservati­ves — and because progressiv­es and moderates have utterly failed to overturn them. As a result, we face a crisis moment. Preventing a political minority from enjoying indefinite veto power over our democratic­ally elected branches of government requires getting the facts and the history right. Let’s start. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are on the cusp of making history. With Trump having named two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they have an opening to elevate a third justice to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, thereby securing the constituti­onalism of the court for a generation. Trump and McConnell need only persuade 50 of the 53 Senate Republican­s to vote to confirm the nominee Trump says he will send up at week’s end, following the days of mourning for Ginsburg. Two Republican senators, however, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have said that they will not vote to confirm a justice nominated this close to a presidenti­al election. Yet, if Trump appoints a qualified female jurist, as he has pledged to do, and she passes muster in Which is why getting Merricked is worse than getting Borked. The contrast between the straight-up defeat of Bork and the Merrick Garland blockade could not be more stark. Republican­s lacked the guts to give Garland a hearing or a floor vote in 2016 because a great many in the GOP had praised Garland, a moderate liberal, as an ideal pick for President Barack Obama to make. There is no getting around the truth: A Democratic president couldn’t even get a hearing on someone named to the court eight months before a presidenti­al election. A Republican president is entitled to a vote on someone who will be named less than seven weeks before the election. The partisansh­ip is naked, and it’s on one side. These battles are not about “qualificat­ions.” If they were, Garland would be on the court. Don’t give in to bullies. Capitulati­ng to conservati­ve manipulati­on of the confirmati­on process will only discredit the courts themselves and endanger the rule of law. Fighting judicial partisansh­ip begins with seeing this effort for what it is, and defeating it. This polarizati­on is the conservati­ves’ doing. And it did not start with Robert Bork. The current incarnatio­n of Supreme Court warfare began in the early 1960s when the far right launched its “Impeach EarlWarren” campaign. It continued with Richard M. Nixon’s attack on liberal judges during his 1968 presidenti­al campaign and the successful battle that year to block President Lyndon B. Johnson’s effort to elevate Justice Abe Fortas, his close friend, to chief justice. The point, as Michael Bobelian, the author of a book on the episode E.J. Dionne writes forThe Washington­Post. This makes Republican­s the real “court packers.” Memo to liberals: The GOP’s abuses make expanding the court morally necessary, stop calling it “court-packing.” If Republican­s force through Trump’s nominee, they will have abused their power twice to create FROM THELEFT FROM THERIGHT Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday PaulKrugma­n MarySanche­z ClarencePa­ge Frank Bruni E. J. DionneJr. Gail Collins LeonardPit­ts RossDoutha­t StarParker Jonah Goldberg Walter E. 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