Why it’s hard to get behind Black Lives Matter

Barbara Reynolds: The baby boomers who drove the success of the civil rights movement want to get behind Black Lives Matter, but the group’s divisive tactics make it difficult. In the 1960s, activists confronted white mobs and police with dignity and decorum. At protests today, it is difficult to distinguish legitimate activists from the mob actors who burn and loot.


When Islamic State rapists win

David Brooks: So far the response to the Islamic State has been pathetic. The United States pledged $500 million to train and equip Syrian moderates, hoping to create 15,000 fighters. After three years we turned out a grand total of 60 fighters, of whom a third were immediately captured.

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