Revulsion, Disgust in India at the War

More than a week after President George W. Bush launched his "shock and awe" campaign against Iraq in flagrant violation of international law and the will of the world community, there is growing popular revulsion, disgust and anger in India at the gory campaign of death and destruction unleashed by the Anglo-American coalition. There is … Continue reading “Revulsion, Disgust in India at the War”

The Enterprising Hawk

Richard Perle’s resignation Thursday as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a Pentagon advisory group, is long overdue. Perle quit the board because he was hired to help bankrupt telecommunications firm Global Crossing win approval from the Department of Defense to sell the company to a Hong Kong billionaire and lawmakers questioned whether Perle’s dual … Continue reading “The Enterprising Hawk”

A Perle of High Price

As 20,000 parcels of food aid and much-needed water reached the Iraqi border town of Safwan, a spontaneous pro-Saddam demonstration erupted as the television cameras rolled: the shoeless, ragged young men who crowded around the trucks pumped their arms in the air and shouted that they would give their lives for the Iraqi strongman. Even … Continue reading “A Perle of High Price”

The Enterprising Hawk

Richard Perle’s resignation Thursday as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a Pentagon advisory group, is long overdue. Perle quit the board because he was hired to help bankrupt telecommunications firm Global Crossing win approval from the Department of Defense to sell the company to a Hong Kong billionaire and lawmakers questioned whether Perle’s dual … Continue reading “The Enterprising Hawk”

What You Aren’t Being Told About Iraq

Remember all those “intelligence sources” who promised that Iraqis would be cheering as the U.S. and U.K. armies rolled into Basra or Nasiriyah or any major town in southern Iraq? Apparently, in day 7 of the invasion of Iraq, these intelligence sources and their data are proving to be fallible. Unfortunately, the North American public … Continue reading “What You Aren’t Being Told About Iraq”

The Argument of Force

Two weeks ago, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was shot and killed by a sniper bullet. His successors immediately declared a "state of emergency" – in effect, martial law – of undetermined duration, and launched a massive police operation to crack down on alleged crime syndicates suspected of Djindjic’s murder. Djindjic was given a full … Continue reading “The Argument of Force”

Disdain and Doubt Over Shock and Awe

In China, the War in Iraq is getting unprecedented media coverage. But are the Chinese watching the same war? While CNN and other western-based media outlets put their own particular spin on the war in this, the fourth day of the American invasion of Iraq, they generally agree on that victory for America is at … Continue reading “Disdain and Doubt Over Shock and Awe”

Reality Discredits the Chickenhawks

It looks as if it’s going to be a real war, not a video game, a TV "reality" show or a cakewalk. The apparent setbacks to the American battle plans over the weekend might well turn out to be less strategically significant than some would make them out to be. But they have demonstrated, as … Continue reading “Reality Discredits the Chickenhawks”

A No-Winner

Up until Saturday our “embedded” media was projecting images of Iraqis dancing in the desert, delirious with joy at the arrival of their “liberators,” but by Sunday morning the edges were already beginning to fray around the official story of a near-seamless “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” The U.S. media kept showing feel-good agit-prop as long as … Continue reading “A No-Winner”