Articles by Paul J. Cella

Give Us Battle

Everyone has seen them. They are all over the Web. I mean those video clips of a brief encounter between a unit of Jihadists, often in the midst of conspiring to maim and massacre by treachery, and some fighting... Read More

The Victory of September 11, 1565

By the middle of the 16th century, the Knights of Malta had been for decades a particular irritation to the Sultan of the Empire of the Ottoman Turks, then the world's premier superpower and the imperial power of the Jihad.... Read More

'We Don't Need to Fight, We Are Taking Over!'

The bombings two week ago in London concentrate the mind on three questions, all of them exceedingly difficult, and the first two of which profoundly complicate the all-important third. "We don't need to fight. We are taking over!" ["Abdullah," a... Read More

Reflections on the Revolution

"We are in a war of a peculiar nature. It is not with an ordinary community, which is hostile or friendly as passion or interest may veer about; not with a State which makes war through wantonness, and abandons it... Read More

Greatness Is By Nature Enigmatic

It is understandable that there would be serious confusion in properly evaluating a man such a Karol Wojtyla. For one thing greatness is by nature enigmatic -- and there can be no doubt that John Paul II was a great... Read More

Stem Cells and Philosophy

The report last weekend of a woman treated successfully for a serious spinal cord injury by a therapy relying on stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood (that is, uncontroversial stem cells) cast my mind back to some comments... Read More

Kerry's Impossible Task

The position taken by John Kerry vis-à-vis the Vietnam War is simply untenable; and he is not likely to find any satisfactory way to resolve it, because to do so would be to make himself comprehensively unpalatable to the... Read More

Of Success and Excess

"There is not a more perilous or immoral habit of mind than the sanctifying of success," avowed Lord Acton in an essay on English history. The object of his epigrammatic censure was Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, victor... Read More

Mass Men?

It is interesting question to contemplate: does education, in the modern sense, make a man more or less susceptible to propaganda, which I define here as mendacious manipulation of the mind? The conventional answer is, of course, less --... Read More

On Speak Easies

I spent some time recently listening to the peculiarly strenuous arguments of a triumvirate of radio disc jockeys on a local morning show; their indignation was directed against the recent gestures and indeed solid actions by our public officials... Read More

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