We’d like to welcome to contentions as a guest blogger David Pryce-Jones, senior editor at National Review. David has written about systems of belief from Nazism and Communism to Islam. Among his books are The Closed Circle and The Strange Death of the Soviety Empire. His latest book is Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews (Encounter Books). He is also the author of several novels. David brings his trademark erudition and assured voice to contentions, and we’re delighted to have him. Enjoy!