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The Ambiguous Terrorist

The Ambiguous Terrorist

  • May 14, 2012
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US intelligence agencies and national security analysts are reportedly furious at the leaked revelations about the latest Al Qaeda “underwear bomb” plot, and some have laid the blame on the Obama administration for supposedly seeking to gain political advantage from it.

These allegations may well be true,   and the current US government would certainly not...

If You All Love Special Forces Clap Your Hands

If You All Love Special Forces Clap Your Hands

  • February 14, 2012
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The New York Times had  an interesting piece yesterday  which reveals a great deal about how the world works, or rather how the U.S. military believes the world should work.  The subject of the article was a proposal from Admiral William H. McRaven ( Joseph Heller eat your heart out for that name), the head...

The ‘Angel of Death’ Goes Down

The ‘Angel of Death’ Goes Down

  • October 27, 2011
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Alfredo Astiz, a former commander in the Argentinian navy known as the ‘Blond Angel of Death’ for his involvement in kidnappings and murders during the Argentinian dictatorship, has just been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Astiz was responsible for kidnapping hundreds of leftists and human rights activists, many of whom were never seen alive again.   He also ...

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,...

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 down al-Qaeda leaders...

It Was Waterboarding Wot Done it

  • May 04, 2011
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Clearly miffed at being left out of the bin Laden killfest, the ideological knuckledraggers of the Bush years are somewhat bizarrely attempting to take credit for it.

Shambling out of stage right comes Donald Rumsfeld, the clever buffoon with the folksy grin who once urged the US to ‘go massive, sweep it all up’ the day...

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