Regions / Middle East & North Africa
The military maxim in Iraq might be summarized inelegantly as, "Do nothing that boosts or gives comfort to the guerrilla cause."
The capture of Saddam Hussein is an historic event by any standard. But aside from providing some dramatic footage for global TV audiences, what has really changed, for the people of Iraq, the Middle East, the United States, or the world?
The recent capture of Saddam Hussein serves as a distraction from the real issue: the lack of a viable exit strategy from Iraq.
It remains to be seen whether a new marker has been set in al Qaeda's range.
Attempts at negotiation between Israel and Palestine despite Bush's efforts
In the aftermath of the bloodiest period of the occupation since the invasion, talk was rife that members of the U.S.-handpicked Iraqi Governing Council will soon be shown the door.
President George W. Bush's November 6 speech before the National Endowment for Democracy emphasizing the need for greater democracy and freedom in the Arab world, while containing a number of positive aspects, was nevertheless very misleading and all-too characteristic of the longstanding contradictory messages that have plagued U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Despite new offers for broader participation in Iraq's reconstruction bonanza, the United States-convened donors' conference on Iraq ended in stifled disappointment, with only $13 billion raised--a far cry from the $36 billion target. To dampen expectatio
War and walls have demonstrably failed to make good neighbors in the Middle East. That leaves peace the "road less traveled."
In what may be the most hopeful development in years to establish a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace, an unofficial group of Palestinian and Israeli political leaders announced on October 12 that they had agreed to a detailed framework that would end t