Papua, until recently known as Irian Jaya, constitutes more than 20% of the Indonesian landmass, but has a relatively small population of just over two million (about one percent of Indonesia's population), with about 65% of that population being ethnic P
There is a big difference between principled diplomacy that genuinely seeks a peaceful resolution to ensure a nonnuclear North Korea and a policy that is perceived as hubristic and hostile.
Might makes right is a recipe for war without end, not the peace that President Bush claims to be seeking.
Wars are waged with the bodies of the young, and they always come home.
The latest UN security council resolution does give us some small hope for a more multilateral future.
We now know that Rumsfeld urges using "the force necessary to prevail, plus some" and rejects "promising ... not to permit collateral damage."
A child could see that the Bush doctrine is divorced from reality.
China watchers will never agree about whether this institutionalized power transition can succeed.
The U.S. is set to win Security Council support for a resolution on Iraq and is already calling it victory.
With the country still mired in recession and polls consistently showing that the Republicans' positions on such basic policy issues as the environment and the economy are decidedly unpopular, this should have been the Democrats' year.