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In Depth: South Asia

30 Jul 2003

Barbarism

Michael J. Totten's blog So many women in Bangladesh are attacked with acid that an Acid Survivor’s Foundation is necessary. From their Web site: Acid attacks have traumatic consequences – physically, psychologically, and socially. Nitric and ...

12 Aug 2003

Which Country Are You?

Michael J. Totten's blog Randy Paul took the Country Quiz and it told him he is India. Apparently, I’m Canada. You’re Canada! People make fun of you a lot, but they’re stupid because you’ve got a much better life than they do. In fact, they’re ...

26 Aug 2003

Howard Dean Surprises

Michael J. Totten's blog Interesting article in the Washington Post about Howard Dean. The challenge for Dean now is to transition from champion of the antiwar, anti-Bush left to electable Democrat without losing his steam and solid liberal base, ...

2 Sep 2003

Race: Human

Michael J. Totten's blog James Lileks : I’m lucky; I don’t know where I come from. We have some theories, but they’re just that. One side of my lineage dead-ends in an adoption; the other trails off in Europe, east of Paris. Don’t know. Don’t. Care. ...

28 Sep 2003

Bosnia, the Middle East, and “Realism”

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens reviews French journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy’s new book Who Killed Daniel Pearl? Lévy has some interesting things to say, not just about Daniel Pearl and Pakistan, but about the Terror War in general. ...

7 Oct 2003

No Terrorist Threat?

Michael J. Totten's blog Jeff Jarvis reports : Michael Moore says on the Today Show: “There is no terrorist threat.” Lester Holt, shocked, says is there not evidence of a terrorist threat just two miles away? Moore says, “How many people died because ...

9 Dec 2003

View from the Radical Center

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens is interviewed by Jamie Glazov in Front Page Magazine , and he goes after both the right and the left with brass knuckles. These are long exerpts, but the interview itself is quite long, and as usual with ...

7 Jan 2004

History and Total War

Michael J. Totten's blog When I was a teenager and first learned about the Holocaust, something precious and small, not hope but perhaps faith , slipped away and was lost to me forever. I have read about it in books. I have seen it in movies by ...

4 Feb 2004

The Race

Michael J. Totten's blog Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf pardoned Abdel Qadeer Khan for selling nuclear weapons secrets to North Korea, Libya, and Iran. The Beeb says there is tremendous public opposition to putting this guy on trial. ...

14 Feb 2004

Vietnam at Half Volume

Michael J. Totten's blog Mark Steyn paints John Kerry as the poster boy for Vietnam Syndrome. Thanks to Kerry in his Hanoi Jane period, Vietnam was a disaster for America that gave the establishment a wholly irrational fear of almost every ramshackle ...

3 Mar 2004

Hitch on Gay Marriage

Michael J. Totten's blog Dennis Prager sees the fight for gay marriage as a war of “secular extremism” against Western Civilization, and he compares those of us who support gay rights to Al Qaeda. (Thanks, Dennis. You’re a pal.) Christopher Hitchens ...

17 Mar 2004

More Trouble for Spain?

Michael J. Totten's blog Spaniards may think they won a reprieve from terrorism, but Lee Smith argues in Slate that there may be more trouble ahead . If the Spanish electorate believed that committing 1,300 troops to Iraq had needlessly exposed it to ...

24 Apr 2004

Europe Gets Jihad

Michael J. Totten's blog Europeans are having serious problems with some of their immigrants. LUTON, England, April 24 — The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say. In this former ...

4 Aug 2004

Biden V. Kerry

Michael J. Totten's blog It’s too bad someone like Sen. Joe Biden didn’t run in the Democratic primary. (It would have helped even more had he won it, but that’s another discussion.) Peter Beinart, editor of The New Republic , compares and contrasts ...

1 Dec 2004

Pentagon to Draft Robots

Michael J. Totten's blog 21st Century assymetrical warfare is hell, especially when it takes place in cities. Here’s one way to reduce (our side’s) casualties in these conflicts: draft robots . From Wired : ORLANDO, Florida — Hunting for guerillas, ...

26 Dec 2004

Shifting Geography

Michael J. Totten's blog Whoa . The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off Indonesia on Sunday morning moved the entire island of Sumatra about 100 feet to the southwest , pushing up a gigantic mass of water that collapsed into a tsunami and ...

29 Dec 2004

First Stingy, Now Unilateral

Michael J. Totten's blog First we’re accused of being stingy in the wake of the tsunami. Now Clare Short is laughably accusing us of trying to help unilaterally. United States President George Bush was tonight accused of trying to undermine the ...

2 Jan 2005

Who’s Stingy?

Michael J. Totten's blog Jonathan Last notes that tsunami relief donations from rich Muslim countries are – shall we say – stingy compared with Japanese, Taiwanese, and Western donations. I don’t expect fat aid packages from Afghanistan and Somalia. ...

11 Jan 2005

Rampant Perversion on Christmas?

Michael J. Totten's blog Stephen Schwartz highlights a nasty rant by a Saudi Arabian blowhard about how the south Asian tsunami was the wrath of Allah. In one such instance, Shaykh Salih Fawzan al-Fawzan, a high functionary of the Saudi regime, said ...

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 ...

15 May 2005

Dump Karimov

Michael J. Totten's blog Uzbekistan was instrumental in assisting the United States in the overthrow of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Declaring bastard-in-chief Islam Karimov a realpolitik “ally” of the United States was justifiable under the ...

16 Jun 2005

Moving to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan

Michael J. Totten's blog In my last Tech Central Station column I said we should dump Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov as an “ally.” Nathan Hamm disagreed and said we should wait for him to dump us. Well, he dumped us . That was quick. North America Europe ...

22 Jun 2005

Extremists and Their Hallucinations

Michael J. Totten's blog Sometimes I wonder if the more people think about politics and work in politics for a living the more likely they are to become deranged about politics. Look at Karl Rove’s latest outburst . Conservatives saw the savagery of ...

11 Aug 2005

It’s Not All About Us

Michael J. Totten's blog My new Tech Central Station column is up: Islamists have killed thousands of Westerners over the past couple of years — thousands in New York City alone. But they have killed far more of their own fellow Muslims in ...

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 ...

19 Aug 2005

Careful What You Wish For

Michael J. Totten's blog It’s hardly worth arguing with a person who bandies about the term “chickenhawk.” I would like to know, though, how many of those people supported the invasion of Afghanistan from the sidelines. My guess is most of them did — ...

13 Sep 2005

Gruesome George in His Own Words

Michael J. Totten's blog Mary Madigan and Judith Weiss are attending the Hitchens/Galloway debate and handing out leaflets made by Gene over at Harry’s Place . Here’s what the leaflets say. George Galloway: No Hero for the Democratic Left “If you are ...

4 Oct 2005

Hitchhiking the Chouf

Michael J. Totten's blog If you aren’t used to the climate, Beirut can be unbearably hot even in October. The Mediterranean is a steam bath. Mount Lebanon, which normally dominates the view to the east, is obscured behind a thick humid haze. I feel ...

13 Jan 2006

A Woman Traveling Alone

Michael J. Totten's blog CAIRO — Egypt doesn’t do many things better than Lebanon, but it does do the Internet better. Free wi-fi is both fast and ubiquitous. So I went to a cozy restaurant and pub, ordered a four-cheese pasta from the waiter, ...

8 Mar 2006

Zarqawi Was Here

Michael J. Totten's blog BIARA, IRAQ — The PUK’s Minister of the Interior ordered 20 heavily armed Peshmerga soldiers to go with me to the borderland mountain village of Biara. For years the village was occupied by Ansar Al Islam, the Kurdish-Arab ...

13 Mar 2006

Making blasphemy pay

Michael J. Totten's blog David T over at Harry’s Place has a great entry on Amr Khaled, an Egyptian preacher whose views are less than pleasant. Recently our embattled allies in Denmark engaged in some dialogue with Amr Khaled. According to The New ...

26 Mar 2006

Hitch on Walt and Mearsheimer

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens offers his two cents on “The Lobby.” Rather than focus on Saudi Arabia, as Lee Smith has done, he instead chooses Pakistan and Turkey: For purposes of contrast, let us look at two other regional allies of ...

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 ...

24 Oct 2006

Islamophobia (for lack of a better word)

Michael J. Totten's blog First of all, I want to publicly commend Dean Esmay for challenging right-wing bigotry (you heard me) against Muslims. It ought to go without saying that I am not referring to opponents, peaceful or otherwise, of Al Qaeda, ...

17 May 2007

Good and Bad Mainstream Journalism

Michael J. Totten's blog by Michael J. Totten I’m a bit slow with the blogging right now because I’m writing two long magazine articles that are taking up most of my time. Once these are out of the way, or at least when I have some breathing space ...

17 Sep 2007

Anbar Awakens Part II: Hell is Over

Michael J. Totten's blog This is the second in a two-part series. Read Part One, The Battle of Ramadi, here . RAMADI, IRAQ — In early 2007 Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, was one of the most violent war-torn cities on Earth. By late ...

26 Oct 2007

Blog World Expo in Las Vegas — UPDATED

Michael J. Totten's blog I was invited to speak at the Blog World Expo in Las Vegas next month, but I expected to be in Afghanistan, so I declined. As it turns out, though, I will just barely have time to attend (not as a speaker) before I leave for ...

26 Dec 2007

Bad News

Michael J. Totten's blog Benazir Bhutto was killed in Pakistan by a suicide bomber . South Asia Pakistan Violence ...

27 Dec 2007

Ali Eteraz on Pakistan

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m not sure I agree with my friend Ali Eteraz’s policy recommendations at Pajamas Media for the United States and Pakistan, but he knows a lot more about that country than I do (he’s from there, and lives now in Las Vegas) ...

1 Jan 2008

A Plan to Kill Everyone

Michael J. Totten's blog “War, children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away” — The Rolling Stones, from “Gimme Shelter” FALLUJAH — A sign on the door leading out of India Company’s Combat Operations Center says “Have a Plan to Kill Everyone ...

1 Mar 2008

FDR and GWB: Unlearned Lessons of a Wartime Presidency

George W. Bush claimed the attacks of September 11, 2001, would transform American thinking about the world. His model was Pearl Harbor, and he and his supporters routinely summoned the analogy to muster popular support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the effect of 9/11 has faded ...
4 May 2008

More From the Less-Scary Muslims File

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Lee Smith_ After the Hamas-loving “Bensonhurst imam”:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/nyregion/05imam.html?_r=1&oref=slogin, “Tariq Ramadan”:http://docs.google.com/View?docid=ah6sxjndq9qq_315dwk7qn, and “feel-good ...

1 Jun 2008

Letter from the Editor: Summer 2008

L iberals seem confused. The hand-wringing about Burma, the faux moral posturing about Darfur (coupled with the insistence that we leave Iraqis to their fates), George Clooney’s pleas on behalf of the subjugated—the stirring together of all of these ...

Dear Mr. President ...

You will no doubt have been advised against adopting any view that seems or seeks to attribute all events to one single cause. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the absolutely central and consistent role played, in so many of our difficulties, by the People’s Republic of China ...
8 Jun 2008

Another Wave of Afghan Arabs?

Michael J. Totten's blog Arabic mujahideen famously volunteered to fight in Afghanistan during that country’s insurgency against occupying forces from the Soviet Union. Many so-called “Afghan Arab” veterans of the war, including Osama bin Laden, ...

7 Sep 2008

Help Me Out Here

Michael J. Totten's blog I should have my next dispatch from the Caucasus region ready within 24 hours. I thought I would finish it today, but this one is a bit longer than usual and I need one more day. In the meantime, I could use some suggestions. ...

18 Sep 2008

Al Qaeda’s Defeat in Iraq

Michael J. Totten's blog “Senator Barack Obama’s answer”:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/17/eveningnews/main4456427.shtml to Katie Couric’s question a few days ago about why he thinks there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil since ...

28 Sep 2008

The War Won’t End in Afghanistan

Michael J. Totten's blog Senator Barack Obama said something at the presidential debate last week that almost perfectly encapsulates the difference between his foreign policy and his opponent’s: “Secretary of Defense Robert Gates himself acknowledges ...

9 Jan 2009

Gaza and Afghanistan

Michael J. Totten's blog Readers of this site know I support Israel’s war in Gaza. Long-time readers also know I opposed Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon. Unlike some, I do not automatically assume critics of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead hate Jews or ...

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