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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...

What did you do in the Great War on Terror Daddy?

  • July 10, 2011
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Is the Global War on Terror (GWOT) approaching its end?   Apparently so, if statements made by  US Defence Secretary and former CIA director Leon Panetta during a  visit to Afghanistan are to be believed.   According to the Washington  Post Panetta has endorsed the Obama administration’s ‘increasingly aggressive campaign to hunt...

The dawn of the belly bomber

  • July 07, 2011
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Osama bin Laden may be dead, but  his  followers  continue to seek ever more ingenious  and dastardly ways of inflicting mayhem on  the West,   according to media reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has ‘ identified a potential threat from terrorists who may be considering surgically implanting explosives or explosive components in...

In memoriam: Syed Saleem Shahzad

  • June 02, 2011
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The murder of the Pakistani journalist  Syed Saleem Shahzad, bureau chief of the Asia Times Online,  is another indication of the rottenness at the heart of the Pakistani state.   Last year 44 journalists were killed in Pakistan, more than any other country in the world.   Shahzad was one of the...

Fog Facts

  • May 13, 2011
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The American author Larry Beinhart once coined the expression ‘fog facts’ to describe important facts or pieces of information that are in the public domain but remain unacknowledged and undigested.     Beinhart first used the term in his novel The Librarian – a wickedly sharp satirical thriller satire about  the ...

Hail to the Warrior-President

  • May 08, 2011
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Amazing what shooting an unarmed man in his pyjamas in the face can do to a US president’s public image.   In the eyes of the media, any doubts or reservations regarding the masculinity of Barack Obama have now been resolved by the Abbottabad operation.   The ‘professorial’ former community leader from Chicago...

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