Archive: Oct 2003

Over the past decade, many non-fiction accounts of the Allied Forces’ battles in World War II have concentrated on the extraordinary heroism of the soldiers who liberated Europe and the Pacific.   Popular works such as Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers and Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation have portrayed American GIs who fought their way across Europe as bloody but never beaten, afraid but never paralyzed by fear. These men never lost possession of an indomitable…
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Is Malaysian autocrat Mahathir Mohamad insane?   Many critics of his latest anti-Semitic rant at the annual Islamic Summit Conference last week think so. It was there that he now infamously said, "The Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them."  For his fellow Islamic heads of state and leaders, Mahathir is not a madman but a sage. Speaking of Mahathir's speech, Egypt's foreign minister Ahmed Maher said, "I think it was a shrewd…
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In the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack on CIA personnel in Gaza, the US announced that the FBI would conduct a thorough investigation of the bombing. One can only hope that in conducting the investigation the FBI agents will avail themselves of the knowledge and know-how of the Israeli military forces in the area who are best equipped to help them discover which Palestinian terrorists are responsible for the murder of US officials.   One would hope that this is the case, but give…
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Did the IAF's Sunday's bombing of the Ein Saheb terrorist base in Syria turn a new page in Israel's war on terrorism? Both Israel's critics and Israel's friends seem to think it did.  On the critics' side, we have condemnations from Europe and the UN and others who've adopted Damascus's whining and mendacious line. In this version of events, Israel committed naked aggression against an innocent state in an act that could lead the region to all-out war. For th…
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FORT STEWART, Georgia - I arrived at Fort Stewart, the home of the US Army's 3rd Infantry Division, early this week to meet with the soldiers and officers of the 2-7 Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade, who had recently returned home after completing their deployment in Iraq.   It was with these men that I hitched a ride through Iraq as an embedded reporter during the major combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The 3rd Infantry was the main combat force in Iraq from…
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