Good-Bye, New York Sun
The New York Sun, a daily newspaper that I’ve been affiliated with for the last four years as a columnist and a contributing editor, has ceased publication as of a couple of days ago. It simply ran out of money.
I will miss it, sorely.
As another NYSun colleague put it, “One doesn’t realize what one has until it’s gone,” adding, “It was a plucky newspaper, hitting about its weight class; it was a joy to work for such an outfit.”
I am immensely grateful for the NYSun. I must thank my good friend, Eli Lake, for suggesting that I write for the Sun, and I must thank Ira Stoll who gambled and took me on. I have deep admiration for both Ira and Eli, and I will always be in their debt for awarding me this opportunity.
I’ve had great editors who helped me write better, more disciplined commentary. I may have resented the editing at the time, but all I harbor now is appreciation and the fondest of memories.
I met a lot of you for the first time on the pages of the NYSun, which gave me a unique forum to publish some controversial views.
Over the last four years, I’ve written about ninety Op-Eds for the NYSun. I wanted to share some of them with you today. Initially, I had wanted to choose three columns that I’m particularly proud of, but have chosen 16 instead. Sorry. But it is remarkable that I was allowed so much freedom to express these ideas, and I hope to continue this tradition either here on this blog or at other Op-Ed pages.
I have a brief description of the content in brackets, and I hope you choose and read a couple that tickle your fancy.
Fallujah in Focus (Sunni insurgency, militant ideology)
October 21, 2004
Foreign Policy Judo (Russia, Putin, Chechnya, Sufism)
January 27, 2005
A Gadhafi Policy (Col. G, John Bolton, Going Nuts)
March 17, 2005
Dances With Terrorists (Condi Rice, Sunni insurgency)
June 16, 2005
The Saudi Mega-Plot (Saudis, Lebanon)
June 9, 2005
Egypt’s Faded Elegance (Cairo, Modernism)
September 21, 2005
Retro-Revolutionaries (Iran’s Crazies)
December 28, 2005
Shabby Inheritance (Bashar al-Asad, Alawites)
March 16, 2006
Human Torpedo (Suicide Bombers, Terrorists)
May 31, 2006
Iraq is Succeeding (Spotting a trend, insurgency’s defeat)
October 25, 2006
Stand-Off in Beirut (Lebanese politics)
December 22, 2006
Absolutely Worth It (Why I’d supported the Iraq War, and still do)
March 23, 2007
Smug in Damascus (Syria, Lebanon-Israel War)
May 23, 2007
Enduring Legacy (Bush, Spreading democracy)
June 11, 2007
A Paladin Gears Up for War (Iraq’s future role in the region, Saudi Arabia)
November 1, 2007
What Obama Needs to Learn Fast (Al-Qaeda’s Caliphate, al-Baghdadi)
July 21, 2008
Thank you, New York Sun (2002-2008)