Archive for 'Terrorism'

A Palestinian father’s anguish

January 17th, 2009 – 10:25 am
Tagged as: Palestine,Terrorism

From the L.A. Times [via Informed Comment] Minutes away from a scheduled phone interview on Israeli TV 10 with newscaster Shlomi Eldar, Aboul Aish called Eldar’s cellphone, screaming and weeping in Arabic and Hebrew. The doctor’s home had been struck by a shell: “Oh God, oh my God, my daughters have been killed. They’ve killed […]

Maybe this time it’ll work!

August 1st, 2007 – 7:26 pm
Tagged as: Rights,Terrorism

Today the news came out that the Democrats’ latest attempt to stand up to Bush involves amending the FISA act to expand the NSA’s ability to eavesdrop. Yes, you read that right, the Democrats apparently want to let Bush have expanded wiretapping powers, because if they don’t they’re worried that the White House will claim […]

Taking on Bush’s propaganda

October 9th, 2005 – 9:26 pm
Tagged as: Iraq,Terrorism

Professor Cole has a few issues with President Bush’s speech this past Thursday about the war on terror: Mr. Bush, I don’t recognize the world you paint. I find your speech a form of sheer propaganda, having almost no relationship to reality. And I am very, very worried that you will allow to happen to […]

Four years later

September 11th, 2005 – 1:27 pm

Juan Cole on this fourth anniversary of 9/11. Bush has given us the worst of all possible worlds– a half-finished job against al-Qaeda, an Iraqi imbroglio that could still explode into civil or even regional war– and which serves as an al-Qaeda recruiting tool–, a government starved for funds, an enormous windfall for the rich […]

Never trust the Americans

August 29th, 2005 – 9:12 pm
Tagged as: Terrorism

Back in 1989, a bomb exploded in an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, and 270 people were killed. Years later, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent, was convicted of the bombing, and he’s now serving a life sentence in Britain. The problem is that a CIA agent apparently planted a key piece of […]

The wrong response

July 24th, 2005 – 7:28 pm
Tagged as: Rights,Terrorism

Despite the fact that current laws were apparently enough to see Britain through decades of IRA bombings, the British police have decided to seize the opportunity provided by the tragic July attacks in London push for more powers: Police last night told Tony Blair that they need sweeping new powers to counter the terrorist threat, […]

Random bag searches in New York City

July 22nd, 2005 – 8:22 pm
Tagged as: Rights,Terrorism

Why actually make people safer when you can just indulge in pointless attempts to make it look like you’re doing something? New York City will begin making random checks of bags and backpacks at subway stations, commuter railways and on buses, officials announced today in the wake of a second wave of bombings on the […]

Self-sustaining jihad

July 10th, 2005 – 9:20 pm
Tagged as: Iraq,Terrorism

When will the war on terror end? According to a new survey of terrorism experts, maybe never. An Associated Press survey of longtime students of international terrorism finds them ever more convinced, in the aftermath of London’s bloody Thursday, that the world has entered a long siege in a new kind of war. They believe […]

This is not the terrorist you’re looking for

May 8th, 2005 – 8:59 pm
Tagged as: Terrorism

Apparently our Fearless Leader and his cronies are once again trying to act like a minor arrest is some great victory in the “War on Terror.” It’s just not true. Bush called him a �top general� and �a major facilitator and chief planner for the Al- Qaeda network�. Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state, said he […]