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"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer."

Henry Kissinger. New York Times, Oct. 28.1973

ABOUT SHAHID

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Iraq's Deadline

"Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant? We will work with the UN security council for the necessary resolutions. But the purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The security council resolutions will be enforced - the just demands of... READ MORE

The Smoking Gun

The term "smoking gun" was originally, and still primarily is, a reference to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. In addition to this, its meaning has evolved to uses completely unrelated criminal activity: for example, scientific evidence that is highly suggestive... READ MORE

Roping for bin Laden

MIKE BOETTCHER, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I think the highlight of the tape were the comments by Ayman al-Zawahiri, saying, that you haven't seen nothing yet, basically, using the shorthand version of English to describe what he said. He called for a jihad against the United States in Iraq. And Iraq... READ MORE

The Death of Idi Amin

"It is absurd to impose on an individual or a society rights that are alien to its beliefs or principles," Saudi Arabia's deputy premier and effective head of state Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz told the U.N. Third Millenium summit in New York on September 6. He warned of... READ MORE

Looting

"Thousands of valuable historical items from Baghdad's main museum have been taken or destroyed by looters. Nabhal Amin, deputy director at the Iraqi National Museum, blamed the destruction on the United States for not taking control of the situation on the streets ... Iraq is a cradle of civilisation, with... READ MORE

The Birth of bin Laden

Robin Cook, former leader of the British House of Commons and Foreign Secretary, wrote in The Guardian on Friday, July 8, 2005:

 

"Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the... READ MORE

Arafat

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Arafat embodies the total lack of any moral authority. He certainly does not come across as a Stateman. Robert Fisk's assessment of of him is dead on. He says, of Arafat, that, "He is a wearying man, not just in his repeated death but in life as well, a man who married... READ MORE

Sowing Democracy

Nourishing Democracy

"But the "troops out" debate overlooks an important fact. If every last soldier pulled out of the Gulf tomorrow and a sovereign government came to power, Iraq would still be occupied: by laws written in the interest of another country; by foreign corporations controlling its essential services; by 70% unemployment... READ MORE

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