Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in this 1918 file photo (AP Photo/National Museum of Health)

Another Unhappy Centennial


The centennial of the end of World War I was observed with all due ceremony, even if President Trump embarrassed himself and the United States by his churlish behavior. World War I killed perhaps 16 million people, counting both soldiers and civilians. A nearly unimaginable number. But it wasn’t even the worst disaster of 1918.…

Syrian Civil War, Getty Images

Notes on Fractured Lands


The New York Times recently published what amounts to a history of the Middle East, from the Invasion of Iraq, forward, focusing on the stories of individuals from Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Syria. The article is quite long, but to WC is Pultizer Prize-level journalism that helps a reader understand the nearly unbelievable complexity of the Muslim world.…