The new reality dawns

Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, February 25: In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle East strategy. The “redirection,” as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the United…

Labels are gold

The Washington Post is a liberal newspaper? (This is about as likely as the American population understanding the huge civilian casualties of their little Iraq adventure.)

Can we bomb too?

During a press conference with US Vice-President Dick Cheney yesterday, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said the following: “I don’t think there would be a country whose influence and potential clout would be more enhanced in that part of the world than Iran’s would be if the coalition was defeated in Iraq. I don’t think…

The first to suffer

Robert Fisk, The Independent, February 21: How easily the sparks from the American-Israeli fire fall across the Middle East. Every threat, every intransigence uttered in Washington and Tehran now burns a little bit more of Lebanon. It is not by chance that the UN forces in the south of the country now face growing suspicion…

Tell me more, Dick

A few days I wondered aloud to a few friends whether the arrival of US Vice-President Dick Cheney to Australia would unleash the usual suspects in the mainstream media, ready to prostitute themselves for the “exclusive” interview. We didn’t have to wait long: US Vice-President Dick Cheney has raised the possibility of military action to…

Don’t make friends with your enemies

Israel resides in the Middle East and should surely aim to establish working relationships with its neighbours. When Washington makes demands, however – “the Jewish state must desist from even exploratory contacts with Syria, of the sort that would test whether Damascus is serious in its declared intentions to hold peace talks with Israel” –…

The shame revealed

Forward, February 23: The recent discovery that the family of Anne Frank had unsuccessfully attempted to obtain an American visa before being captured by the Nazis shines light on the failure of the United States to do enough to save Jews from the Holocaust. In reaction to the news, Rep. Steve Israel has reintroduced a…