Tag Archives: Middle East

The Life and Legacy of Lt. Gen. William Odom

“General Principles” by Ron Unz While other top brass played press agents for the administration’s war, William Odom told the truth about Iraq—though few listened. The American Conservative, September 8, 2008, COVER STORY Much as the capital loves ceremony, Washington won’t … Continue reading

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If You Can’t Trust Chalabi-the-Thief, Whom Can You Trust?

If You Can’t Trust Chalabi-the-Thief, Whom Can You Trust? by Ron Unz LewRockwell.com, May 24, 2004 In that classic compendium of American national security strategy “Get Smart,” one of the more amusing episodes concerns the doings of a certain Freddie-the-Forger. … Continue reading

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Bananas and Republics

Bananas and Republics by Ron Unz LewRockwell.com, May 14, 2004 I must grudgingly admit that our Iraqi Adventure seems to have become in some respects a fascinating and invaluable educational experience, nearly on a daily basis. For example, today’s morning … Continue reading

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The Torricelli Precedent

The Torricelli Precedent by Ron Unz LewRockwell.com, April 16, 2004 I must grudgingly concede that even those liberal, pinko wimps over at Paul Weyrich’s Free Congress Foundation occasionally propose interesting notions, such as in the latest column by William S. … Continue reading

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30,000 American Dead in Iraq….Noooo Problem!!!

30,000 American Dead in Iraq….Noooo Problem!!! by Ron Unz LewRockwell.com, April 14, 2004 Lawrence Kaplan, a prominent neocon hawk, published a rather interesting op-ed recently in the Washington Post. The central claim of the piece is Kaplan’s somewhat counter-intuitive conclusion … Continue reading

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New and Improved Jeffersonian Democrats

The front page of today’s New York Times (Lydia Polgreen, February 16, 2004) carried an interesting story, appended below, about the current goings on in unfortunate Haiti, and the moves afoot by portions of the populace to replace the current … Continue reading

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Thank You, Pat Robertson

Having been overly preoccupied in recent weeks with some complex software development issues, I must belatedly—but very sincerely—issue a heartfelt Thank You to the Rev. Pat Robertson, whose recent actions appear to have done so much to rescue America, and … Continue reading

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Win One, Lose One?

By a truly remarkable coincidence, right around the time we were digging an old has-been anti-Islamicist dictator out of his grungy foxhole, the pro-American dictator of Pakistan reportedly came within seven seconds of being blown up by a half-ton bomb … Continue reading

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President Gray Davis?

California newspapers recently reported that Gov. Gray Davis had now reached the lowest approval rating of any governor in the entire history of our state. That is no great surprise, since Davis is almost universally despised as an extremely distasteful … Continue reading

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Zero Credibility

As all sources indicate, the overwhelming choice of our neocon hawks to lead post-war Iraq is one Ahmed Chalabi. Now as anyone reading our newspapers should also know, Mr. Chalabi happens to be a convicted embezzler who hasn’t set foot … Continue reading

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Not So “Benevolent” A Military Environment?

This morning, one of America’s leading leftwing, dovish, anti-American, quasi-anti-Semitic national newspapers carried this opening phrase in its front-page coverage: “Far from being hailed immediately as liberators, invading U.S. and British forces in southern Iraq are facing deep hostility and … Continue reading

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Richard Perle and $100M in Saudi Funding

Yesterday’s New Yorker carried a remarkable lead story by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh regarding the business dealings of uber-hawk Richard Perle. Perle, the Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, is widely characterized as the central figure in the current Iraq … Continue reading

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Profession: Martyrdom-Seeking Terrorist

Mohamed Atta, the apparent ringleader of the 9/11 terrorist squad that destroyed our World Trade Center and killed 3,000 Americans, was clearly a very bad man, at least by American standards.

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Lunatic vs. Lunatic and Jew vs. Jew

One of the less widely known truths about political movements is that they are frequently filled with a generous helping of lunatics. Only such individuals possess the fanatic zeal that endows them with the energy and commitment to achieve results. … Continue reading

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Sharonism vs. Building a Wall

Sharonism vs. Building a Wall by Ron Unz Sacramento Bee, Sunday, April 28, 2002 Any attempt to resolve the crisis in the Middle East forces us — the American people and American Jewry — to appraise the motives and the … Continue reading

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Unz on Sharonism

I attach below my own analysis of the current difficulties in the Middle East, which ran in this morning’s Sacramento Bee. I do not doubt that many readers will find my words quite controversial. The Middle East seems to attract … Continue reading

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America’s Vacuous Conservative Media

On September 11th, America suffered the greatest military blow to its homeland since a British army burned our national capital almost two hundred years ago. Our people and our leaders have properly treated this attack and the threat of future … Continue reading

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Suicide Bombers and the Heroes of Masada

In recent weeks, the rapid rise of a new and powerful military weapon—the suicide bomber—has horrified much of the world. Fanatic Palestinian militants, sometimes even teenage girls, have willingly taken their own lives in order to kill and wound as … Continue reading

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No Arabs Need Apply

The national bout of rampant Arabophobia in our media reached its zenith (or perhaps its nadir) in a recent column posted on Vdare.com, America’s premier anti-immigrationist website, which I had previously discussed a few weeks ago: VDare.com vs. the ‘Goldberg’ … Continue reading

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Israel’s Future: Kachism or Nothing?

The October issue of Commentary, the neoconservative flagship publication of the American Jewish Committee, carried a powerful cover story by former editor Norman Podhoretz, making a convincing case for the complete and dismal failure of the Middle-East peace process originally … Continue reading

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Israel’s Future: Kachism or Nothing – Commentary

Israel’s Future: Kachism or Nothing by Ron Unz Commentary (Letters, Abridged), January 2002 As someone whose grandparents helped to found the modern State of Israel, I experienced a feeling of immense sadness after reading Norman Podhoretz’s powerful analysis of the current post-Oslo … Continue reading

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Rounding Up Arabs, Blacks, and Jews

Up through the early morning hours of September 11th, denunciation of the ethnic profiling of suspects by the police looked well on its way to becoming a near-universal component of political stump speeches, on a par with praise for the … Continue reading

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Rounding Up Arabs, Blacks, and Jews – Salon.com

Rounding Up Arabs, blacks, and Jews by Ron Unz Salon.com, Thursday, December 6, 2001 Dec. 6, 2001—In the wake of the Sept. 11th attacks, Americans are debating whether we should adopt ethnic profiling policies that may ensnare thousands of innocent people—Arabs and … Continue reading

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Patriotism and Idiocy

Patriotism and Idiocy by Ron Unz New Republic (Letters), November 26, 2001 Given the all-encompassing focus of TNR and every other major media outlet on the very real Terrorism War, I suppose I should be grateful that a recent column of … Continue reading

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Making TNR’s “Idiocy Watch”

The recent “Rocks Falling Upward” column on my amusing Harvard University “English” debate provoked sufficient positive response that I subsequently published a slightly modified version on National Review Online. Given the near-universal fixation of NRO and almost every other media … Continue reading

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