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(Don’t) Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

(Don’t) Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

  • May 02, 2011
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So Osama bin Laden has exited the world in which he wrought so much mayhem. Initial versions suggested that bin Laden was killed ‘resisting’ a Special Forces team, but Reuters has since claimed that the operation was intended to be a ‘kill operation’.

Whatever the truth, the Stars and Stripes are waving outside the White House, the markets are roaring and the dollar is experiencing a patriotic surge.

Bin Laden’s death is unlikely to have any significant impact on the ‘war on terror’, though it may well generate a new cycle of revenge attacks.   For...

Priorities

  • April 19, 2011
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Those cynics out there who were puerile and cheap enough to believe that the invasion  of Iraq had anything to do with oil, or who doubted the noble and high-minded aspirations of its architects to remove the threat of weapons of mass destruction, save the Iraqi people from an evil dictator, spread peace and...

We Killed You – But Not Intentionally

  • April 09, 2011
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Pity Richard Goldstone.  Relentlessly and ruthlessly pilloried by Israeli politicians and the Zionist propaganda machine for his UN investigation which had the temerity to find Israel – and Hamas – guilty of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, he is now having second thoughts.

Needless to say Netanyahu and Israel’s supporters abroad...

Cowards’ Justice

  • April 08, 2011
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The Obama administration’s announcement that the alleged ‘9/11 mastermind’ Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators will be tried by a military commission in Guantanamo Bay rather than in a New York federal court is not good news, but nor is it very surprising  Obama’s Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr has blamed the Republican-dominated Congress...

Feasting in the Torture Gardens

  • April 04, 2011
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In a  fine piece for TomDispatch, Karen Greenberg, director of  the Center for Law and Security at NYU analyses a recurring theme in post-9/11 rightwing discourse in the United States; namely the idea that liberal “political correctness” and “excessive tolerance” of Islam have combined to undermine the “war on terror.”

Greenberg relates a recent speech by...

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