HBO's documentary on the Moscow theater hostage crisis is disturbing, wrenching, and definitely worth watching.7:30 AM, Oct 23, 2003 • By VICTORINO MATUS
"WE'VE COME TO RUSSIA'S CAPITAL CITY to stop the war or die here for Allah. . . . I swear to Allah, we desire death more than you want life." These words, spoken by Chechen terrorist Movsar Barayev, open "Terror in Moscow," a grim and stomach-churning look at the Moscow theater hostage crisis of October 2002. Producer/director Dan Reed was able to obtain (for the right price) videos from the FSB (formerly KGB), footage recorded by the terrorists themselves, and broadcasts from Radio Ekho Moskvy.
A meditation on 9/11, thoughts on Mecca, observations of recall, and more.12:00 AM, Sep 15, 2003 • By
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From the September 15, 2003 issue: Depending on foreign troops in Iraq is asking for trouble.Sep 15, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 01 • By REUEL MARC GERECHT
IN THE DEMOCRATIC and Republican stampede to find foreign troops to join American GIs in Iraq, virtually no regard has been paid to whether the deployment of these soldiers is wise given the history, culture, and prejudices of the Iraqi people. Both Secretary of State Colin Powell and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld seem to believe that the United States and Iraq would be much better off if a wide array of foreign soldiers--especially Muslims from such countries as Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, and Bangladesh--backed up American GIs.
From the July 7 / July 14, 2003 issue: They tried every bad idea of the 20th century. Maybe it's time for liberal democracy.Jul 7, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 42 • By AMIR TAHERI
IN A SPEECH in Washington on February 26, 2003, President George W. Bush spoke of his hope that a change of regime in Iraq would herald the Arab nations' joining the worldwide movement toward democracy. Some critics dismissed this "pious hope," arguing that Arab culture, and Islamic civilization generally, were unready for so momentous a transformation. Others questioned the president's sincerity, at a time when members of his administration were still debating Iraqi self-rule after Saddam.
Will no one rid Iraq of these meddlesome imams?Jun 23, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 40 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
IN RECENT WEEKS, most Western media have reported the continuing attacks on U.S. troops in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, as tenacious resistance by defeated Baathists, aided by local Sunni Muslims enraged at the soldiers' alleged mishandling of crowds, which has led to fatal clashes.
What they are teaching in Saudi-financed American schools.Jun 2, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 37 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
TO WHAT DEGREE does the threat of global terror embody the Wahhabi beliefs taught by the official sect in Saudi Arabia, beliefs the desert kingdom still seeks to impose throughout the Muslim world and to spread to the non-Muslim world as well? And what role does the international network of Saudi-funded Muslim educational institutions play in the spread of the extremist ideology, which is a prerequisite for the recruitment of terrorists?
In answering these questions, it is worth examining the numerous such schools in the United States.
Shady things are happening at Saddam's home mosque in Baghdad. Will the coalition's rules of engagement be enough to keep the peace?5:30 PM, May 1, 2003 • By DAVID TELL
HERE ARE the first few grafs of a dispatch from Baghdad yesterday by Carol Rosenberg of the Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service:
The Iraqi capital these days appears to be awash in gunmen waving or shouldering automatic rifles. Members of a Sunni Muslim-led exile force suddenly set up checkpoints and snarl traffic in one neighborhood. Kurdish bodyguards screen visitors outside political party offices in another.
The Saudis meddle in Iraq.May 5, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 33 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
WHILE WESTERN MEDIA and politicians peddle their alarums in the aftermath of Iraq's liberation, focusing on Syria and Iran, attention should also be paid to Saudi Arabia. Throughout the military campaign, the royal regime publicly sought to maintain its alliance with the United States without reining in the venomous rhetoric of its religious bureaucracy opposing Western influence in the Islamic world.
The clerics got it wrong on Iraq.May 5, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 33 • By JOSEPH LOCONTE
RELIGIOUS FIGURES who opposed the liberation of Iraq have a lot of explaining to do. Fashioning themselves prophets of peace, they caustically denounced the "rush to war." Having granted the United Nations an almost transcendent moral authority, they declared Operation Iraqi Freedom an "immoral" act of aggression. In the months leading up to the conflict, they made a litany of brash claims and gloomy predictions--all proven to be utterly false.
Take their suggestion that Saddam Hussein was not the devil many made him out to be.
From the April 28, 2003 issue: Mass destruction of mistaken ideas.Apr 28, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 32 • By DAVID BROOKS
GEORGE ORWELL was a genuinely modest man. But he knew he had a talent for facing unpleasant facts. That doesn't seem at first glance like much of a gift. But when one looks around the world, one quickly sees how rare it is. Most people nurture the facts that confirm their worldview and ignore or marginalize the ones that don't, unable to achieve enough emotional detachment from their own political passions to see the world as it really is.
Now that the war in Iraq is over, we'll find out how many people around the world are capable of facing unpleasant facts.
The murderer from the 101st Airborne and a suicide bomber in northern Iraq both appear to have been influenced by Saudi extremism.9:50 AM, Mar 27, 2003 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
ON THE IRAQI WAR FRONT, Sunday, March 23 was a blood-red day for the terrorist Wahhabi movement, funded by "our Saudi allies" and aiming at control over world Islam.
First, terrorism struck in the early hours, from within the ranks of the U.S. armed forces. Army captain Christopher Scott Seifert, 27, was killed and 15 servicemen were wounded in an attack on the command area of Camp Pennsylvania, the rear base in Kuwait for the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. A second serviceman has now died of wounds suffered at Camp Penn.
One of the unit's members, Sgt.
It's time for Arab- and Muslim-Americans to stand up and be counted in their support of democracy and our troops.6:00 AM, Mar 21, 2003 • By MANSOOR IJAZ
FOR MONTHS, ARAB- AND MUSLIM-AMERICAN lobby groups have passionately spoken out against war with Iraq, citing the potential for everything from the mass murder of Iraqi babies to the creation of tens of thousands of baby bin Ladens. Warnings of dire consequences have flooded underground Internet chat rooms frequented by the most vitriolic voices in these groups.
Rarely did any of these activists cite the destruction Saddam Hussein has wrought on the Iraqi people or condemn his terror-enabling Baathist regime.
Their tradition recognizes the rights of minorities, because they have always been a minority.Mar 24, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 27 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Chirac worries about "angry Muslims"--for good reason.Mar 17, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 26 • By MARC GINSBERG
UNDER THE ADAGE "save us from our friends," France's president Jacques Chirac has added to his long list of reasons for opposing a U.S.-led campaign to disarm Iraq the desire to "protect" Americans from fighting "angry Muslims." According to a French Defense Ministry official quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Chirac "tells his generals that the Americans don't understand what they're getting into, . . . that they don't understand what it is like to fight angry Muslims." Chirac should know.
Winning the after-war in Iraq could prove harder than the administration is letting on. Are there obstacles ahead for the United States?11:00 PM, Mar 4, 2003 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
WAR IS SUCH a foregone conclusion that the interesting debates now revolve around postwar Iraq. Time magazine's cover story this week reports that the Bush administration has decided on an immediate course of action for the days and weeks following Saddam's fall: A wave of humanitarian aid will be distributed in the wake of the U.S.