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In Depth: Middle East

2 Sep 2003

Two Shiite Views of the “Resistance”

Michael J. Totten's blog Here’s one , as reported in Yahoo! News : Lebanon’s top Shiite Muslim cleric warned that Iraqi Shiites would join the armed resistance against U.S. and British forces if the occupation of Iraq persisted for too long. Grand ...

28 Aug 2003

Notes on the “Resistance”

Michael J. Totten's blog Mark Steyn on why Iraq is not the West Bank : For purposes of comparison, consider two suicide bombings within hours of each other: the Canal Hotel attack in Baghdad, the bus bomb in Jerusalem. The latter was greeted with the ...

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, ...

24 Aug 2003

Taking Responsibility

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t know if we can reconstruct Iraq. I am optimistic, I am hopeful, but I won’t make a fool of myself and say it’s inevitable. When the US decided after so many decades of feet-dragging that it was in the same trench as ...

20 Aug 2003

What Must Be Said

Michael J. Totten's blog Joe Katzman is one of my favorite conservatives in the blogosphere. No. Wait. I shouldn’t put it that way. Joe Katzman is one of the best writers in the blogosphere. How many other Jews after September 11 dedicate every ...

Blaming America First

Michael J. Totten's blog Jessica Stern in the New York Times says every problem in Iraq is our fault . Yesterday’s bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was the latest evidence that America has taken a country that was not a terrorist ...

19 Aug 2003

Right-Wing Terror Apologism

Michael J. Totten's blog Via Andrew Northrup I find this nasty little screed about yesterday’s terror attack in Baghdad from Emperor Misha (in his own comments section), who likes to think of himself as an “anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.” I am not ...

18 Aug 2003

Target: UN

Michael J. Totten's blog The Baathist “resistance” hit the UN headquarters in Baghdad with a truck bomb . The top UN envoy to Iraq was killed. These attacks are not a cry for help. They are committed by Saddam’s goons determined to kill their way ...

17 Aug 2003

The State of Serial Killers

Michael J. Totten's blog In David Fincher’s nightmarish film Seven , Kevin Spacey plays John Doe, mad Bible man and the creepiest on-screen killer since Hannibal Lector. John hated sinners and he set out to kill seven, one victim for each of the ...

5 Aug 2003

History of the Ba’ath Party

Michael J. Totten's blog Hovig John Heghinian in the Comments section pointed to this article about Michel Aflaq, founder of the Ba’ath Party. It’s not a new article, but it is worth reading anyway since it explains the ideological foundations of ...

3 Aug 2003

Another Reason to Oppose the UN

Michael J. Totten's blog The United Nations is not Star Trek’s “Federation of Planets.” Okay? The Ba’ath Party was founded by Nazis in Damascus during World War II. And for the month of August the Ba’ath Party is in charge of the UN Security Council. ...

2 Aug 2003

Idiocy Watch

Michael J. Totten's blog It [having kids] is the reason for marriage. It’s not to affirm the love of two people. I mean, that’s not what marriage is about. Rick Santorum , Republican senator from Pennsylvania I wanted a reminder of that day when we ...

30 Jul 2003

Bad Drinking Scene

Michael J. Totten's blog Sometimes the little things are the most telling. Here’s a just-discovered interview with Michael Kelly just before he was killed on assignment in Iraq. Give me a sense of Baghdad as a tourist. Is it different from Amman or ...

28 Jul 2003

Why the Hitch Beats the Rest

Michael J. Totten's blog Here’s a snip from an interview with Christopher Hitchens , just back from Iraq. CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, VANITY FAIR: Well, I had been there earlier this year in late March, in fact, on the southern border, briefly. And I ...

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 ...

Enemy Propaganda

Michael J. Totten's blog During the Iraq war I raised the eyebrows of some of my friends when I bluntly described the Arabic language TV station Al Jazeera as “enemy propaganda.” Here’s what Iraqi blogger Salam Pax says about Al Jazeera today. I ...

The Globalization of Gaza

Michael J. Totten's blog I have a new Tech Central Station article up today: The Globalization of Gaza . Middle East Palestine ...

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