Archive: Dec 2003

"How could you report the war in Iraq if you sided with the Americans?" "How can you say that George Bush is better than Saddam Hussein?" These are some of the milder questions I received from an audience of some 150 undergraduate students from Tel Aviv University's Political Science Department. The occasion was a guest lecture I gave last month on my experiences as an embedded reporter with the US Army's 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Man…
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The US war on terror hit a new high and a new low this week. The capture of Saddam Hussein was a great victory. It showed that as far as the ousted Iraqi regime is concerned, President Bush is fulfilling the pledge he made on September 20, 2001, that, when it comes to fighting international terrorism, "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail."  Yet in the days before Saddam's capture, the Bush administration was moving ahead with a policy towards Palestinian…
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The 20-day ground offensive that ended with the fall of Baghdad on April 9 to U.S. forces was characterized as much by the levelheaded courage of the men who fought it as by its speed and brilliance of execution.  Its signature finish -- the fall of Saddam Hussein's statue in downtown Baghdad -- was celebrated in the streets of the city by thousands of Iraqis who drew that day the first breaths of freedom they had breathed in three decades. Yet, for those standing in the streets of…
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One week after Egypt scuttled Israel's proposed UN resolution condemning the murder of Israeli children by terrorists, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met with Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in Geneva.  Commenting on Wednesday's meeting on Israel Radio, Shalom explained, "The very existence of the meeting... show[s] more than anything that the Egyptians have tried to warm up relations with Israel."  Shalom met with Mubarak ahead of the autocrat's trip to Washingto…
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Two Jews were brutally murdered in Paris in the week that followed the torching of the Jewish day school Merkaz HaTorah in the Paris suburb of Gagny.  In an interview with Boston's Jewish Advocate, French Jewish novelist Nidra Poller says that the two murders, of a 23 year-old Jewish DJ and of a recently widowed Jewish shopkeeper, were played down by the French press. In the case of the murdered young man, whose throat was slit and whose body was mutilated, the alleged assailant, a youn…
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