Dr. Manhattan thinks he’s figured out al-Qaeda’s next move against the U.S.: a massive set of attacks on the public Passover Seders held in hotels, mimicking last year’s Passover Massacre carried out by Hamas in Israel. Could well be right, and it shouldn’t be too hard to take countermeasures.
Of course, the existence of public seders means that not enough Jews are fulfilling the mitzvah of welcoming others to their homes to eat the bread of affliction. That might be something the Jewish community could work on over the next couple of months.
Author: Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out.
Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken)
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist
Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993)
Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989)
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