The peaceful uprising has been an extremely effective counter to the libel that Muslim people—being followers of an allegedly intrinsically aggressive and violent religion—are immune to the charms of nonviolence.
Sadly, there are no quick-fix solutions to Pakistan’s multiple crises. Late-night deal-making by Condoleezza Rice via the phone just won’t do it.
I still haven’t completely swung around on Al Gore himself. In all the hosannas being showered upon him by legions, let’s not forget that he was a fairly conservative, card-carrying-member-of-the-DLC-type Democrat.
At the same time, there are many obstacles to overcome, a major one being the antagonistic relationship between Kim Jong Il and George W. Bush.
Alas, whenever there is a difference of opinion between the public and campaign contributors, the wrong side prevails pretty much every time.
Abe’s grand plan for Japan was for it to play a more assertive and militaristic role on the world stage. The Bush Administration backed his efforts. But the Japanese people did not.
So, at least one of the Bushes is making a bit of sense. Alas, it’s not the one sitting in the Oval Office.
Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but Gordon Brown seems to be a bit less willing to play the role of a poodle than Tony Blair.
The U.S.-India nuclear agreement needs to be scrapped. It legitimizes a nuclear program that is primarily an ego trip on the part of the Indian ruling elite. It draws
India into the Bush Administration’s ill-conceived global geostrategic project. And it reinforces the notion of nuclear weapons as legitimate, when they are completely repugnant and unworthy of any decent nation.
Whose bright idea was it to award the event to Beijing? A leading member of the fascist Franco regime.