Easter Targets, For Something Different, Lot’s of Blame, Moral Red Line, Bank of Mom & Dad, Preparation

What I’m listening to.

Mozart: Symphony No. 8 in D, K. 48: II. Andante

Easter attack in Pakistan.

New York Times -- Blast at a Crowded Park in Lahore, Pakistan, Kills Dozens

A suicide bomber set off a powerful blast close to a children’s swing set in a public park on Sunday evening in the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least 69 people and wounding around 300, rescue workers and officials said.

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Spectator -- The Lahore attacks are just the latest atrocity in a war on Christians

Imagine if correspondents in late 1944 had reported the Battle of the Bulge, but without explaining that it was a turning point in the second world war. Or what if finance reporters had told the story of the AIG meltdown in 2008 without adding that it raised questions about derivatives and sub-prime mortgages that could augur a vast financial implosion?

Boris applauds Assad and Putin.

Telegraph -- Bravo for Assad – he is a vile tyrant but he has saved Palmyra from Isil

The Syrian regime, with military help from Russia, is succeeding where the West has failed.

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Independent -- Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis?

In the end, it was the Syrian army - and its Hizballah chums from Lebanon, and the Iranians, and the Russians - who drove the Isis murderers out of Palmyra.

Quagmire.

Economist -- Iraq’s unravelling

The mistakes that made Islamic State.

Has moral relativism died?

Atlantic -- The Death of Moral Relativism

Considered by conservatives to be one of postmodern society’s greatest threats, moral relativism may now be a relic of the past.

Yes and no.

USA Today -- An open letter to parents who financially support adult children

I write to you not from a place of judgment, but instead I address you based on an immense body of work that has brought me great clarity. 

Preparing for the worst.

Japan Times -- Japan’s 21st-century tsunami stones

A familiar sight along Tohoku’s Sanriku coastline are the tsunami stones erected by past generations that alert residents to the high-water mark of previous tsunami and the perils of building any closer to the sea.

 

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Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

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Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

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