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When a mass murderer dies

Finally, some salutary news. One of the world's most prolific mass murderers has finally shuffled off this mortal coil — though, unfairly to his hundreds of thousands of victims who were cut down prematurely — at the ripe old age of 93. Nuon Chea, Pol Pot's consigliere during the Khmer Rouge regime that terrorized Cambodia, died in a hospital bed over the weekend. He was serving a life sentence at the time.

Laws don't stop evil

As we emerge from a weekend defined by two horrendous mass shootings, I listen to the commentators trying to explain "why." I think the best overarching answer was provided by our second president, John Adams, in 1798: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Don't take USPS' word for it

"Reforming the Postal Service" (Web, July 28) points to USPS' shipping and package capabilities as its one redeeming quality amid the agency's rapidly growing losses. USPS' $143 billion in total unfunded liabilities and debt are disregarded as an afterthought -- and apparently so are the nation's taxpayers who may be forced to save the organization.

''Emperors of the Deep' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: ''Emperors of the Deep'

"I want to shift the perception of sharks from cold-blooded underwater predators to evolutionary marvels that play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world's oceans, because this is the only way I know how to protect the species and save the world's oceans."

Law of the Sea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How China violates international law with impunity

The mariner weather lore, "red sky in the morning, sailors (fishermen) take warning," resonates sharply due to China's high pressure drilling operations located in Vanguard Bank, inside Vietnam's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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Terrorism in Nigeria

The good news for Nigerian Christians on Thursday, Aug. 2 was that a would-be assassination of a Catholic priest was foiled by good-Samaritan neighbors who beat back terrorists with primitive weapons.

Guzman Capture Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fighting the scourge of drugs

The capture, extradition from Mexico, trial and imprisonment of Joaquin Guzman, better known as El Chapo (Shorty in Spanish), was a major blow to the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel. The drug lord will spend the rest of his life in an American Supermax prison.

President Trump, addressing the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, said he supports "red flag" laws to make it easier for authorities and families to take away guns from people deemed dangerous. (Associated Press)

'Red flag' laws bring loads of problems

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump, along with several notables in the Republican Party -- including Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas -- have floated so-called "red flag" laws as a means of stopping mass shootings in the United States, saying that if we can keep the mentally ill from buying and owning firearms, well then, that should curb much of the violence. On the surface, this sounds like common sense. But caveat: Who decides who's mentally unfit?

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Rewarding the status quo

It is a matter of deep concern that our long-serving politicians and bureaucrats are more comfortable continuously reviewing problems, rather than resolving them.

Containing Ebola Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Ebola, here we go again

Once again, a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus disease is spreading throughout parts of Africa, mostly in the northern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In this July 12, 2019 file photo, men stand in a U.S. Immigration and Border Enforcement detention center in McAllen, Texas, during a visit by Vice President Mike Pence.  Immigration lawyers say a pattern has repeated itself for several weeks in migrant detention facilities along the border. Immigrants are being detained in packed cells only to be transferred out within hours once the government is sued on their behalf. (Josh Dawsey/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Mitigating the border crisis

The border crisis continues even though the number of people caught trying to enter illegally has dropped substantially. The numbers really are staggering.

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How to keep D.C. swimming pools open longer

As D.C. temperatures remain in or near the 90s, the city announced that it will open numerous cooling stations to help residents who lack air conditioning get out of the heat and avoid heat-related illnesses.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes discusses President Trump and his base of support, July 18, 2019. (Image: MSNBC screenshot) ** FILE **

Trump is now the 'dark sorcery of racial hatred,' too

- The Washington Times

MSNBC's Chris Hayes just called out Donald Trump out for his "dark sorcery of racial hatred" and the "well of evil" he promotes with his rhetoric. And then the cameras panned to Marianne Williamson as she stirred a large black cauldron of smokey concoction while chanting, "Begone, oh dark psychic force of collectivized hatred!"

Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A masked gunman in body armor opened fire early Sunday in the popular entertainment district in Dayton, killing several people, including his sister, and wounding dozens before he was quickly slain by police, officials said.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Why shooters shoot

- The Washington Times

Democrats would have it believed -- fervently wish and hope and dream that it could be believed -- that every time a horrendous shooting takes place in this country, it's due to the existence of the Second Amendment. But the reasons for the shootings have little to do with the guns themselves and everything to do with evil.

Congressman Elijah Cummings walks to his car after speaking about Baltimore at the grand opening of the McCullough Street Nature Play Space in West Baltimore on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Cummings on Saturday invited President Donald Trump and other Americans to Baltimore, taking the high road after a barrage of presidential tweets disparaging the black-majority city and its long-serving Democratic congressman. (Kim Hairston /The Baltimore Sun via AP) **FILE**

Threading the Baltimore needle

- The Washington Times

Politicians and community members determined to "fix" Baltimore need to be mindful of that trick of the trade because Charm City could become a model example. In short, what happens next in Baltimore mustn't stay in Baltimore, which means it's time.

Teach dangers of hatred

If the president and Congress believe strong background checks on prospective purchasers of guns will be sufficient to stem the increasing terrorist attacks, they are naive ("Trump on guns: Republicans and Dems must come together and 'get strong background checks,'" Web, Aug. 5). The strongest driving force for these massacres has been an unrestricted Internet, over which there is little chance of control.

Twin sisters Jessica Torres, left, and Danielle Novoa hold an American flag during the Hope Border Institute prayer vigil for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex,  Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)

'Do something,' but something smart

It has happened again, and again. Not one, but two mass shootings over the weekend have triggered a desperate national outcry for action to stop the carnage. With a Texas-sized massacre in El Paso followed by another in Ohio, Dayton-area mourners punctuated a vigil led by Gov. Mike DeWine with chants of "do something." Indeed, something must be done, or possibly many things. Whatever the remedy, though, liberty must not be trampled along the pathway to security.

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