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Mayhem and Marigolds

It’s a big week for Iraq. Leaders of the Arab League are descending upon Baghdad for their annual summit, a meeting that has studiously avoided the Iraqi capital for several years.

The Economist effectively points out the importance of this occasion to Iraq. If all goes well, the summit could “draw a curtain over the country’s battered image as occupied, violent and dysfunctional” and mark “a triumphant return to the Arab fold.”

Cherry Picking in Hong Kong

The Washington Post editorial board’s analysis of the recent contest for Hong Kong’s chief executive is nothing short of a “mess”—the word the Post also uses to describe the election results.

After presenting myriad evidence to the contrary, they conclude that “In the end, the election served only to underline the unsustainability of China’s attempt to limit the democracy it promised to Hong Kong.”

A Caricature of Righteousness

According to longtime Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, “it’s hard to point to a single priority of the Republican Party these days that isn’t steeped in moral failing while being dressed up in moral righteousness.” And she knows a thing or two about being dressed up in moral righteousness.

Burying the Truth about Trayvon Martin

We don’t know what happened in Sanford, Florida, on the night of February 26. The facts in the case involving seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, in which Martin was shot dead, are sketchy. But now we do know, based on reporting by the Orlando Sentinel, that the facts in the case are in dispute.

On Syria, a Wilsonian Report Card

William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil War general who burned Atlanta, is credited with coining the phrase "War is Hell." But according to the New York Times editorial page, war is primarily a noble struggle for liberation—at least if you're a freedom fighter with a pure heart, dedicated to the cause of universal human rights. If only such creatures existed.

Bartley's Lofty WSJ Legacy

Longtime readers of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page will recall the educational mission the page set for itself going back at least to the 1970s. This mission was manifest in long, expository editorials designed not just to express an opinion or to argue it forcefully but rather to educate readers on the complexities of major issues.

Dowd's Awkward Clang

General John R. Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, testified Tuesday in front of the House Armed Services Committee. The circumstances were deeply somber. In the wake of the bloody Koran-burning riots, the deaths of U.S. servicemen at the hands of their Afghan counterparts and the tragic massacre of sixteen Afghan civilians, Allen was tasked with reporting on the state of the mission. But even the crushing weight of this situation wasn’t enough for the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd to forgo her characteristically flippant tone.