This, sadly, has been one of those weeks. A week where, despite all of the tributes to the life and legacy of that great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, abject bigotry raised its ugly head more times than we wish to enumerate.
It is time for Hamas to realize that it holds the key to the future of its own people. Israelis will not move towards peace as long as Hamas, a central player and crucial part of Palestinian society will not endorse peace explicitly.
No one knows for sure why all this is happening across the Pacific, but trendy Nazis do not bode well for the forces of civility and mutual understanding in our increasingly connected, strained and troubled global village.
In defending the remarks that led to her ouster, Helen Thomas recently claimed that "Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists." She may be calling them "Zionists," but we all know who she means.