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In Depth: Peace

28 Jul 2003

Egypt Loves Sharon?

Michael J. Totten's blog I wonder what backroom pressure led to this . CAIRO – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Saturday Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was the only Israeli politician capable of forging peace between Israel and the ...

8 Oct 2003

Blogroll Addition

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t always announce new additions to the blogroll, but I want to today. Those who read the comments section already know Christopher Luebcke. For those of you who don’t, he’s a left-wing peace activist. And like Randy ...

16 Nov 2003

The Problem of Uzbekistan

Michael J. Totten's blog Since 9/11, the US has been changing its attitude about third-world dictators. The “our bastards” realpolitik is slowly phasing out. But what about Uzbekistan ? The Bush Administration is rather, um, cozy with Islam Karimov’s ...

16 Dec 2003

Not Just the Fringe

Michael J. Totten's blog According to this Anti-Defamation League poll , 43 percent of Americans believe Israel is a threat to world peace. And 37 percent of Americans believe America is the greatest threat to world peace. UPDATE: Moe Lane (who blogs ...

24 Dec 2003

Back from the Big B

Michael J. Totten's blog Just got back from a festive get-together of far-flung friends in Boise, Idaho ( the Big B! as our friend Ezra from Manhatten calls it.) Our pal Giorgio flew in from Milan, Italy and wanted to drive to the mountains to see ...

27 Dec 2003

Friedman Discovers Poland

Michael J. Totten's blog Andrew Apostolou makes fun of Thomas Friedman for being six months behind the news. Poland is pro-American. Who knew? Friedman is sometimes silly, but I confess to being a fan. His book From Beirut to Jerusalem is sadly out ...

7 Feb 2004

We Are Not Doomed (Updated)

Michael J. Totten's blog Nelson Ascher posted a remarkably gloomy mini essay on Europundits. He basically says we are doomed. It is absolutely, I repeat, ASOLUTELY unbelievable, but the enemies of the war are winning the peace or rather are managing ...

4 Jun 2004

The Death of Ronald Reagan (Updated)

Michael J. Totten's blog Ronald Reagan is dead . I am not a member of his fan club. I’ve said plenty of things about him that I don’t regret, but I would choose not to say them in front of his family or in public on the day that he died. I did not ...

11 Aug 2004

The Game Plan

Michael J. Totten's blog We’ve launched a full-blown offensive against Moqtada al-Sadr’s milita in Najaf. No doubt many will think we’re doomed for no other reason than because this is happening, without regard to what it might look like when it’s ...

26 Sep 2004

Saudis: Eradicate Us!

Michael J. Totten's blog The government of Saudi Arabia proposes self-eradication . UNITED NATIONS – Saudi Arabia announced plans to host an international conference on combating terrorism but said on Monday that all Middle East security efforts will ...

16 Oct 2004

The Price of Politicization

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t want to suggest that the opposition party ought to shut up about foreign policy. But the opposition, whether Democrat or Republican, ought to be careful. We used to say partisanship stopped at the water’s edge. There ...

3 Dec 2004

Sadr City Turns Around

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t have much to say about this AP story by Hamza Hendawi. It pretty much speaks for itself. Happy to pass it along, though. BAGHDAD, Iraq – After spending much of the year as a battlefield between militiamen and U.S. ...

1 Jan 2005

No Peace in Sight

Michael J. Totten's blog Try to imagine an alternate America where well-armed right-wing death squads make regular incursions into Canada to massacre civilians on buses and in restaurants in Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. Then imagine an upcoming ...

25 Jan 2005

The Unwinnable War

Michael J. Totten's blog by Jeremy Brown With that immensely important election coming this Sunday in Iraq, the optimist in me is feeling a strong urge to look back toward the frankly startling success of the recent election in Afghanistan. I’m not ...

14 Feb 2005

Smash Nazimarching

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan I’ve often wondered — whatever happened to the anti-fascist, anti-authoritarian left? They’re in the former GDR, and they call themselves the “Antifa”, or Anti-fascists. From an Antifa post, (Feb. 2003) ...

20 Feb 2005

Get Well, Helen!

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Jeremy Brown Congratulations to Helen and Glenn on the news of Helen’s successful heart surgery . We all wish you a speedy recovery and the much needed peace of mind we hope this amazing medical technology will ...

14 Apr 2005

The Peace and Quiet Movement

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Jeremy Brown I have written often about the need of people like me — who were once Left/liberal Latte drinkers (well, espresso in my case) and are now wandering in the rain like King Lear trying to comprehend that ...

29 Apr 2005

Peace in Iraq?

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Jeremy Brown The Washington Post offers yet another disturbing look at the reality of prewar Iraq, before the first Gulf War created the no-fly zones: BAGHDAD, April 29 — U.S. investigators have exhumed the remains ...

7 Jun 2005

Really, Dump Islam Karimov – Now

Michael J. Totten's blog After the Andijon massacre in Uzbekistan, lots of people — including myself — said it was high time we ditched the tyrant Islam Karimov as an “ally.” Nathan Hamm , who lived and worked there in the Peace Corps until shortly ...

16 Aug 2005

300 Bombs Explode in Bangladesh

Michael J. Totten's blog Islamist terrorists prove once and for all that they are not primarily motivated by legitimate grievances against “Western imperialism” or any other such nonsense. It takes nothing, nothing at all, to whip these bastards into ...

10 Oct 2005

Blackened Foundations

Michael J. Totten's blog I’ve spent enough time in Lebanon now that I’ve developed a real affection for this place. I worry about this country, but not for my own sake because I am here. Any time I want, I can return to my city, my family, and my ...

22 Nov 2005

War

Michael J. Totten's blog I can never quite decide whether I’m in a country at war or in a country at peace. Lebanese people argue amongst themselves, sometimes in front of me, which is really the case. If there is a state in between, this is it. ...

27 Nov 2005

No Peace Without Syria

Michael J. Totten's blog I have written a number of articles from Beirut lately that are held up in editing limbo. But my most recent was published right away at Tech Central Station because it’s time-sensitive. Like I mentioned recently on the blog, ...

28 Nov 2005

The Lebanese/Israeli Border

Michael J. Totten's blog As promised yesterday, here are my photos of the Lebanese-Israeli border —- a renewed hot zone in the Arab-Isareli conflict. If you want more complete descriptions of what’s going on in this region and what some of these ...

16 Mar 2006

Parallel Unilateralisms

Michael J. Totten's blog To follow up on the Hamas reference in Andrew’s last post (gia sou re Andrea me tis pitzames sou!) — even though I never comment on Israeli-Palestinian matters — Steven Erlanger had an actually sober piece on Hamas and the ...

17 Mar 2006

In effect

Michael J. Totten's blog Thanks to Tony for drawing our attention to the Erlanger article on Hamas and the end of the peace process . One could argue that Arafat knocked the peace process on the head in 2000. One could also observe that what Erlanger ...

21 Mar 2006

Guilty as charged

Michael J. Totten's blog United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 (1991) , passed under chapter seven of the charter and linked to the 1991 Gulf War ceasefire, operational paragraph 32: Requires Iraq to inform the Security Council that it will ...

30 Apr 2006

On the Rim of a Volcano

Michael J. Totten's blog This is the second of a two-part series about the rising tension and danger on the Lebanese-Israeli border. Don’t miss Part One: Everything Could Explode at Any Moment . NORTHERN ISRAEL — Lisa and I followed Israeli Defense ...

16 Jul 2006

No Easy Answers

Michael J. Totten's blog The National Council of Churches wonders, why can’t everyone just get along? Is there ever to be an end to violence in the land we call holy? What has violence solved these last 60 years? What has violence solved these past ...

27 Jul 2006

More Opinions Than People

Michael J. Totten's blog I once mentioned offhand in the comments section that Lebanon has more opinions than people. A Lebanese woman I had never met or encountered online before said she thought that remark was hilarious and gave me credit for ...

Ceasefire

Michael J. Totten's blog Bush and Blair call for ceasefire . Peace ...

1 Aug 2006

Instalinks

Michael J. Totten's blog OOPS! OR NOT? Hezbollah hit Jenin. In the West Bank . Palestinians cheered: “Even if it fall on our heads it wouldn’t have spoiled the party.” HEZBOLLAH THREATENS JOURNALISTS: Christopher Allbritton, reporting from Lebanon , ...

2 Aug 2006

Cross-posted at Instapundit

Michael J. Totten's blog BELIEVE IT ONLY WHEN YOU SEE IT: Syria says it kinda sorta maybe, if it’s not too much trouble and if they get something juicy for doing it, just might consider playing a “constructive role” in pressuring Hezbollah to agree ...

13 Aug 2006

The Storm Before the Calm

Michael J. Totten's blog The events in this essay took place on August 11 and 12. METULLA, ISRAEL — Israel scrapped the proposed ceasefire agreement on August 11 and launched a full-scale ground invasion of Lebanon. Presumably the Israeli Defense ...

22 Aug 2006

Peace Now Under Fire

Michael J. Totten's blog SHOMRAT, ISRAEL — I drove up to Kibbutz Shomrat, just north of Akko (Acre) near the border with Lebanon, and met two middle-aged members of Peace Now who stayed in the line of Katyusha fire throughout the war. I expected to ...

23 Aug 2006

Bomb Shelters

Michael J. Totten's blog Amichai Geva and Yehuda Beinin, the two peace activists I interviewed earlier , gave me a tour of one of the community bomb shelters at Kibbutz Shomrat, just north of Akko (Acre) near the border with Lebanon. The entrance ...

The Latest from Fouad Seniora

Michael J. Totten's blog I wanted to make sure you know, since I posted this over at Andrew Sullivan’s place , that Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora is now talking about a peace treaty with Israel. See here and here . This is huge, really, even ...

23 Oct 2006

Berri Crosses Lebanon’s Red Line

Michael J. Totten's blog A few days ago Lebanon’s Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri floated the idea of opening peace talks with Israel . (Hat tip: Bad Vilbel .) Now is the time to raise the issue to returning to peace negotiations…It is possible ...

24 Oct 2006

Argentina (Finally) Charges Iran and Hezbollah

Michael J. Totten's blog One of the most annoying arguments from Lebanon’s Syrian and Iranian stooges is that the disarmament of Hezbollah is an “internal matter.” In other words, the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, Egypt, ...

23 Nov 2006

To Hell in a Handbasket?

Michael J. Totten's blog A chilling essay by Raja at the Lebanese Bloggers : The Syrians feel pretty secure about Hizballah’s ability to hold its own against these waves of protest and fury. So they do what they need to, to gain any sort of advantage ...

8 Jan 2007

“So This Is Our Victory”

Michael J. Totten's blog BINT JBAIL, SOUTH LEBANON — I drove to Hezbollah’s stronghold in South Lebanon to survey the devastation from the war in July, to check in on the United Nations peacekeeping force, and to talk to civilians who were used as ...

14 Jan 2007

The Liberal Cleric of the Dahiyeh

Michael J. Totten's blog HARET HREIK, LEBANON — In the dahiyeh , the suburb, of Haret Hreik south of Beirut, where Hezbollah built its command and control center and the “capital” of its illegal state-within-a-state, lives Sayyed Mohammad Ali El ...

31 Jan 2007

Hysteria

Michael J. Totten's blog First there is this : Results of tests conducted by United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon showed that balloons which drifted from Israel into southern Lebanon over the weekend did not contain dangerous gases, a Lebanese ...

3 Feb 2007

The Beirut Branch of the Mossad

Michael J. Totten's blog BEIRUT — Hezbollah has killed more Americans than any terrorist organization in the world after Al Qaeda. In 1983 a suicide-bomber drove a truck into a U.S. Marine barracks south of Beirut and killed 241 Americans with a ...

18 Mar 2007

Ping Pong

Michael J. Totten's blog By the Sandmonkey Reports of an Israeli massacare of egyptian POW in 1967 war thanks to an israeli documentary raises the ire of the egyptian government and media , and naturally the egyptian people as well, since, you know, ...

27 May 2007

Syria’s “Resistance” – UPDATED

Michael J. Totten's blog By Michael J. Totten Barry Rubin explains Syrian foreign policy in Canada’s Ottawa Citizen . (Thanks to Tony Badran .) In the Middle East, violence is not the result of poor communication but a tool for political gain. ...

4 Jun 2007

No Peace with Syria

Michael J. Totten's blog By Michael J. Totten Last summer in the wake of the July War between Israel and Hezbollah I wrote War is coming again, and it’s coming like Christmas . I may have been off by six months. The Lebanese Army reports that Syria ...

11 Jun 2007

PKK Signs Ceasefire with Turkey

Michael J. Totten's blog By Michael J. Totten The Marxist-Leninist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Eastern Turkey just declared a unilateral ceasefire after the Turkish military shelled them in their mountain redoubt in Northern Iraq. I was working ...

17 Jul 2007

Bush speech punditry

Michael J. Totten's blog By Noah Pollak I intend to post my own comments later, but for now, here’s what other people are saying about President Bush’s Monday speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Michael Oren in the “Wall St. Journal”:http:/ ...

Long live the peace process

Michael J. Totten's blog By Noah Pollak President Bush’s “speech Monday”:http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070716-7.html about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reminded me of an old joke: A physicist, a chemist, and an economist are ...

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