Lessons of Beirut Lost in Baghdad (Detroit Free Press)

Published on Thursday, October 23, 2003 by the Detroit Free Press It all seemed so simple. Send in U.S. forces. Free and protect the local population. Install a pro-Western government acceptable to all factions. Build a wider Middle East peace. Then depart to the cheers of a grateful citizenry. But President Ronald Reagan’s encounter with […]

Arabs and Democracy: Bush May Not Like It At Home (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Monday, October 20, 2003 by CommonDreams.org It is one of the ironies of post-911 America. The very sense of isolation and alienation felt by Arab-Americans in the wake of the World Trade Center bombing has turned that diverse series of communities into a political force to be reckoned with. “9/11 is a wakeup […]

Beyond Insensitivity: Bush Sends Mixed Signals to Indonesian Muslims (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Friday, October 17, 2003 by CommonDreams.org In the corridors of power in Washington and on the campuses of American universities these days, the great topic of debate is: How can the U.S. government better communicate with Muslims around the world? The simply answer is, it cannot. Not as long as U.S. policy is […]

It’s the Policy, Stupid: Muslim Antipathy Driven Home by Latest White House Comments (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 by CommonDreams.org Once again American strategic interests in the Islamic world have been sucker-punched by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and much of the U.S. body politic remains oblivious to the fact that they are even in the fight. President Bush’s defense of Israel’s attack on Syria in the wake of […]

The New Colonialism: Iraq, Iran and the American Regency (Progressive Populist)

(Note from the author: This article was published April 15, 2003 as U.S. forces invaded Iraq. As they withdraw, I thought it would be useful to look back). America is about to become a colonial power. That step will carry with it profound — and potentially disastrous — implications for our long-term relationship with the Islamic […]

Bush, Bali & the Beirut Connection (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 by CommonDreams.org There has been much talk of the fact that the Bali bombing marked the second anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole. But the deadly blast also coincides with another milestone — one with even more significance to the current direction of U.S. foreign policy. Nineteen […]

The Middle East’s Festering Wound (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 A few days after the bombings, a former State Department Middle East �expert� in the Clinton Administration was asked the inevitable question by a radio interviewer: �Why do they hate us?� In the meandering five minute answer that followed, never once did he utter the word �Israel.� On a […]

Speaking in Defense Of Peter Arnett of CNN (The Washington Post)

The Washington Post, Jan. 30, 1991 THE WHITE HOUSE calls him a conduit for disinformation. Rival networks mutter darkly about shady deals with the Iraqi government. In the pages of the Washington Post he is labeled ”the voice of Baghdad.” Is CNN’s Peter Arnett being used by the Iraqi government? Of course. Is he under […]

Terry Anderson’s Four Years (The Washington Post)

The Washington Post, March 17, 1989 “It’s too bad about your friend,” Iran’s ambassador to Damascus nodded gravely. “He is innocent. They are all innocent as individuals. It is a very unfortunate situation.” The friend was Terry Anderson. The speaker was Ali Akhbar Mohtashami, the man U.S. intelligence claimed held the power of life and […]

Terry Anderson, Devalued (The New York Times)

The New York Times, March 16, 1988 SINCE THE MORNING of March 16, 1985, when Terry Anderson, an Associated Press correspondent, was dragged from a car in West Beirut, his whole world has been a series of damp basements and cramped rooms. His companions have been a blindfold and a chain. Fear, loneliness and doubt […]