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Zarqawi and Bush Bomb Because We Let Them
A group calling itself "Al-Qaeda in Iraq" has reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombings in Jordan; the group is headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who takes his name from the impoverished town of Zarqa in Jordan where he was born. I visited the place when I was in Jordan earlier this year. I...
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Fixing the U.S. by Making the Chinese Into Debtors
Karl Marx once commented, "History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce." The Bush administration may bear the dubious distinction of being the first government in history to compact both stages into a single cycle. John Snow, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, was in...
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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? U.S. President George W. Bush meets with the crew aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, left, where he announced the end of all major combat in Iraq on May 1, 2003. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters File Photo) Views
So That's Why We're in Iraq
Finally, after many fits and false starts, President Bush has given us a good reason to support the war in Iraq. We must fight the war in Iraq, he says, to honor the soldiers who already have been killed fighting the war in Iraq. In a speech to a VFW convention in Utah, he mentioned that we have...
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Illegal Occupation of Palestine
There has been a media circus fed by a huge Israeli-government public-relations effort to drum up sympathy for the "painful" relocation of Jewish settlers from Gaza. But who are these settlers, and why were they brought there in the first place? Is Israel really leaving Gaza, or merely switching to...
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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Struggling to Find the Reasons for War
There was a story in “The New York Times” last week that should disabuse you of any illusions you may still have about why we went to war in Iraq. (Hint: it wasn’t weapons of mass destruction.) The “Times” reported that a former CIA officer has filed suit against the agency, saying that prior to...
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Chinese Currency Adjustment A Mixed Blessing for US
Christmas came early for John Snow. The U.S. Treasury Secretary has been hectoring the Chinese government to let its currency, the yuan, appreciate against the dollar. Now Beijing has announced it will do just that. The adjustment is small, only 2%. It will do virtually nothing to reverse the...
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After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the US used Islam to counter the occupation. It sponsored an international jihad in the Muslim world and encouraged volunteers from Muslim countries to join in it. Thousands, including Osama bin Laden, flocked to Pakistan, where US-funded training camps were set up under CIA supervision. Views
We Must Address the Root Causes of this Terror
Until the US addresses the root causes and its own double standards, the bombings will increase.
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How To Stop Terrorism
Like many, I was upset about the horrific terrorist attacks on London on July 7th. I spent a few days in London just this past Christmas. I know my way around the Tube. It gave me flashbacks of my days working at Ground Zero right after the September 11th attacks, and the thousands of grieving...
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Sell the Gold, Free the Poor
When historians look back over the last 25 years, one of the great crimes they will identify is the Third World debt crisis. Now, finally, the rich countries have agreed to cancel the debts of the poorest countries to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. But they continue to differ...
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Toward Global Dialogue: Can We Talk?
DAMASCUS, SYRIA –- "Can I use your first name in an article that I write?" I asked. "Yes, my name is 'S-A-P'" came the reply. That's how my evening of talking with young "South Park"-watching Syrians ended as I leave this country after a brief stay. There was obviously no illusion about Syria being...
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