An Egyptian political science professor has announced that with Allah’s help, “Israel will be annihilated” by 2013. He has also called for any Israeli to be shot and killed on the spot. France and Britain are discussing military intervention in Syria. And the United Nations is reporting that Iran has doubled its capacity to produce uranium needed for nuclear weapons.
Closer to home, Hurricane Isaac has left more than 700,000 without power; nearly 150 people have been rescued from floods. Jobless claims were higher than expected this week. And stock markets fell yesterday to a four-week low on concerns about the euro zone.