The new federal mandate for restoring Puget Sound’s endangered orca population provides yet more incentive to clean up the Sound in general
At the very deepest roots of 9/11 and the struggles in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine are the ancient grievances between the Christian and Islamic worlds, including the crusades. Much of the most bitter conflict was between Catholic and Orthodox Europe and the Turks. Pope Benedict’s conciliatory gestures in Turkey won’t undo the old enmities, but they could help clear up some deep cultural misunderstandings.
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