28th November 2012
Jay Nordlinger watches the wheel turn.
Last week, I saw a headline that interested me: “Bahrain lawmaker burns Israeli flag in parliament.” I thought, Great — but could he burn a Bahraini flag? Where would that land him? What’s the Arabic word for “gulag” again?
I also thought of a Cold War joke — one that Reagan liked to tell. An American and a Russian are arguing about freedom in their respective countries. The American says, “Look, I can march outside the White House and say, ‘Down with Reagan!’ Nothing will happen to me.” The Russian says, “Big deal. I can march outside the Kremlin and say, ‘Down with Reagan!’ — and nothing will happen to me either.”