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5 July 2004
Whether a society can be built in Iraq that works both for the Iraqis and the U.S. must be doubtful, to put it mildly. One side or other is likely to be disappointed.
10 May 2004
Politicians who wring their hands at the abuse practised by their forces in Iraq should remember where the abuse started - with a false prospectus for war created out of spinning and deception.
19 April 2004
The endorsement by George Bush of Ariel Sharon's self-serving plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip while retaining substantial sections of the West Bank is pure politics and will have little if any influence on whatever settlement is eventually reached in that region.
12 April 2004
The coalition is just as inflexible as its opponents about the political outcome it is willing to allow in Iraq. But, if it wants peace, it is going to have to learn to let go.
10 November 2003
The term "anti-Semitism"
has a uniquely powerful association that is both useful and dangerous for
those who support the policy of the Israeli government.
When politics is the art of the counter-intuitive
9 June 2003If peace is to come in the Israel-Palestine conflict the Israelis are going to have to keep on giving, and only the Americans can make them. Bush had better be up for it, because it's a stance that only a right-wing administration can hope to sustain.
19 May 2003Suicide bombers have big commitment to their cause. That's why they do it. Their terrorists acts do not invalidate the cause, they merely push it up the agenda. That's why, when the cause is popular, terrorism often works.
14 April 2003It must, as we noted last week, be galling for Tony Blair that his humanitarian agenda for war in Iraq has no justification in international law. Fortunately, provided it works for the Iraqis, that won't matter. But will it work? And how to make it?
7 April 2003
We hear a good deal about the logic of war, but
before making a decision it helps to work out what problem you are trying
to solve. When decision-makers act instinctively, for a jumble of reasons,
it may be possible to work backwards from the decision to uncover the true
objective. Might this process shed light on the war in Iraq?
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