Haroon Siddiqui

Haroon Siddiqui is the Toronto Star's editorial page editor emeritus. His column appears on Thursday and Sunday (hsiddiq@thestar.ca).

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Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:15am
Stephen Harper is Always Gung-Ho About War
Wars need propaganda, which needs the demonization of the enemy, which is not difficult with the Islamic State jihadists who are brutal, barbaric, psychopathic murderers, ethnic cleansers, etc. But there are several such groups, or worse, across the globe. There are even countries that kill...
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Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 11:57am
American Bombing of Iraq Left Legacy of Deformed Babies
Remember Falluja? That city in central Iraq was the scene of two furious attacks in 2004 by American Marines. That spring, they went on a bombing, shooting rampage to avenge the murder and mutilation of four American mercenaries. Instead of targeting the estimated 2,000 insurgents, the Marines almost leveled the city of 300,000, without conquering it. Seven months later, they attacked again with artillery and bombs in what was described as the bloodiest urban warfare involving Americans since the Vietnam War.
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Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 1:12pm
West Speaks with a Forked Tongue on the Arab Spring
We profess fidelity to democracy, especially in the Arab world. But our commitment seems to come with the caveat that the will of the people is acceptable only if it confirms our prejudices. If not — as in Egyptians’ choice of the Muslim Brotherhood for both parliament and the presidency — some of our leaders, thinkers and media eminences get antsy and irrational.
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Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 10:18am
Foreign Policy Cheerleading Masquerades as Analysis
The dictates of journalism can often run counter to the requirements of informed judgment, especially on some of the most nettlesome issues of our age. The declarative pronouncements of reporters and the authoritative tones of pundits can mask the reality that they are passing off speculation as truth.
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Friday, April 6, 2012 - 9:31am
Where Are Our Jobs Going to Come From?
As scandalous as Stephen Harper’s fighter jet plan has been (and even more wasteful is his $9 billion expenditure on jails we don’t need) there’s a larger issue: The economy is not growing fast enough to create enough jobs for Canadian workers.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 12:55pm
Our Dance with Arab Dictators
When we allow ourselves to be pushed into thinking about a people and a region as a monolith, sans diversity and differences, we view them only in stark stereotypes. We allow racist notions to become respectable. Thus “the Arab street,” a contemptuous phrase the media dare not use for public opinion elsewhere. There is no “Canadian street.” No “American street.” No “British street.” No “French street.” But Arab public opinion, emanating in the street — emotional and irrational — is to be dismissed.
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Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 9:08am
Afghanistan: It’s Even Worse Than You Thought
The buckets-full of leaked documents on the war in Afghanistan have elicited three responses, all misguided. The first is that the classified papers tell us nothing we did not already know, namely that the NATO mission has long been a mess. This assertion devalues their real value — giving the war an official stamp of failure, which can no longer be dismissed as merely the opinion of naysayers or the weak-kneed.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 7:18am
A Way Forward in Afghanistan
Legally and morally, we cannot shrug off the controversy over whether Canadians were complicit in the torture of Afghan detainees. Still, it's only one issue in the bigger Afghan quagmire. Afghanistan cannot be pacified without Pakistan. But Pakistan won't fully cooperate unless its paranoia about India is addressed. But India won't be dictated to by Pakistan. Indeed, it has made big diplomatic and economic forays into Afghanistan, further feeding Pakistan's insecurities. Yet NATO has had no policy to tackle this conundrum.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 8:58am
Quebec's Witch Hunt Against Niqabi Minority
Governments intervene against the religious wishes of Jehovah's Witness families to give blood transfusions to save the lives of their kin. The Quebec government wants to intervene to deny health care to women whose religious wish is to wear the niqab. In Saudi Arabia, Iran and parts of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, police or vigilante militias crack down on women not wearing the niqab or the burqa. In Quebec, authorities want to crack down on women who do.
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Friday, January 8, 2010 - 12:20pm
Deciphering Headlines from the Front Lines of (Failed) War on Terror
A headline announces: "Al Qaeda threat escalating." Is it really? Is the threat higher now than the day before the Christmas Day bomb plot? Or is this more a case of, "Al Qaeda man goes undetected despite multiple warnings?" If the failed plot does represent a greater overall threat, a more accurate summation would've been: "Asleep at the switch as Al Qaeda threat escalates."
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