By Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent government agency (THE WASHINGTON POST, 27/08/07):
Recent bombings in Iraq’s Kurdish area nearly annihilated two Yazidi villages, killing hundreds of this ancient angel-revering, Indo-European religious group. The single deadliest atrocity of the Iraq conflict, it was also the latest demonstration that Iraq’s non-Muslims are in danger of extinction.
Sixty years ago, Iraq’s flourishing Jewish population, a third of Baghdad, fled in the wake of coordinated bombings and violence against them. Today, a handful of Jews remain.… Seguir leyendo »
By Robert D. Novak (THE WASHINGTON POST, 27/08/07):
The forced resignation two weeks ago, under pressure from President Álvaro Uribe, of three prominent officers accused of drug trafficking is not likely to end the shakeup in Colombia’s army and navy. More heads will roll in a long-overdue purge of corruption in the military. The credit has to go to the left-wing members of Congress who have taken over the Colombian account on Capitol Hill since the Democratic victory in the 2006 elections.
A conservative American with close, longtime ties to Colombia put it to me bluntly: «The firing of these officers is seen as President Uribe’s way of clearing the decks to make the Democrats in Congress happy, in order to secure the free-trade agreement.… Seguir leyendo »
By Jackson Diehl (THE WASHINGTON POST, 27/08/07):
The notion that democracy and Islam are fundamentally incompatible is about to get a resounding rebuke, just at the moment it is threatening to congeal as conventional wisdom in Washington.
Barring a last-minute surprise — such as a military coup — a liberal and pro-Western politician named Abdullah Gul will be elected president of Turkey by the country’s parliament tomorrow. Gul speaks fluent English and has been a steady if somewhat quiet friend of the United States during more than four years as foreign minister. He also identifies himself as a religious Muslim in a country with an 85-year history of militant secularism.… Seguir leyendo »
By Michael Lind, Whitehead senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of The American Way of Strategy (THE GUARDIAN, 27/08/07):
Critics of the Iraq war have called it George Bush’s Vietnam. Now, it appears, President Bush himself agrees. In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars last week, the president sought to increase support for his policy by drawing parallels between the consequences of the US departure from Indochina in the mid-1970s and possible consequences of a US withdrawal from Iraq. In Vietnam, the president stated, «the price of America’s withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens, whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like boat people, re-education camps and killing fields».… Seguir leyendo »
By Williams Rees-Mogg (THE TIMES, 27/08/07):
From August 10 the Ministry of Defence imposed a gagging order on the Armed Services. Members of the Forces are no longer allowed to discuss any matters relating to defence through any public means of communication. They cannot speak at public meetings, write letters to the press, write blogs or even take part in surveys. This gagging order applies to men and women of all ranks.
Can I ask two questions: Why now? For whose benefit? The new censorship is a reaction to low morale in the Services, which extends from top to bottom, from general to private.… Seguir leyendo »