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Cowards

  • September 14, 2011
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Are the Taliban cowards?  Yes,  according to  Hilary Clinton, who condemned what she called yesterday’s ‘cowardly’ attacks on the American Embassy and NATO compound in the heart of Kabul by the members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.   According to the online Dictionary.Com the adjective ‘cowardly’ can either mean’lacking courage; contemptibly timid’ or ‘characteristic of or befitting a coward; despicably mean, covert, or unprincipled: a cowardly attack on a weak, defenseless man.’

Not much of this seems relevant to what  Reuters called ‘  the longest and most audacious militant attack on the...

The 9/11 Decade

The 9/11 Decade

  • September 10, 2011
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Tomorrow it will be exactly ten years since 19 deluded fanatics murdered nearly 3,000 people in the United States.    After the last fortnight of  documentaries, interviews, profiles, newsclips, ‘9/11 short stories’,  a special ‘9/11 Question Time’, BBC broadcasts from ‘ground zero’ and a torrent of opinion pieces in the press and on the Internet,...

Statecraft

  • September 07, 2011
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In public British governments often argue that Britain’s foreign policy is dictated by  moral and ethical considerations.  Privately, British officials operate according to very different concept of  statecraft and the national interest in which morality is generally placed on hold.   Occasionally  it is possible to glimpse this discrepancy.   Consider the following document that...

Libya – Another Humanitarian Triumph?

  • August 31, 2011
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Whatever happens over the next few months in Libya, the Gaddafi regime is  dead and only waiting for its formal burial.   Its only possibility of resurrection consists of some form of Gaddafism without Gaddafi perpetuated by the remnants of his regime who have joined the rebellion.

As in the heady aftermath of the Iraq invasion,...

Saif Gaddafi Sleeps With the Fishes

  • May 01, 2011
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The day after Gaddafi made another ceasefire proposal, a NATO missile strike has killed his son Saif al Arab Gaddafi and three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren in what appears to have been a deliberate assassination.   Last  night’s strikes on Tripoli also damaged the Libyan Down’s Syndrome Society and a parent-funded school for children.

It isn’t known...

Libya: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

  • April 05, 2011
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“This is turning into the best shop window for competing aircraft for years. More even than in Iraq in 2003.”

Reuters on the commercial benefits of the Libyan ‘intervention’ for Western arms companies.

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