Monthly Archives: September 2006

“They think they are still in charge”

Hits: 0 "For many months, the administration of US George W Bush has been complaining that Iranian meddling in Iraq is a threat to the country’s stability and to US troops. The irony of this publicity campaign over Tehran’s alleged … Continue reading

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“How to “Flip” an Enemy”

Hits: 0By popular demand: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0707/p09s02-coop.html Pat Lang

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“Lebanon Throng Hails Hezbollah Chief, Who Calls Militia Stronger”

Hits: 0 "Ahmed Hussein, 78, made the trip to Beirut from his southern village of Kafr Kila. He said his house and most of his neighbors’ homes were destroyed, but that Hezbollah gave them tents and water tanks to help … Continue reading

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“Faith, Reason and the University” Benedict XVI

Hits: 0 "The decisive statement in this argument against violent conversion is this: not to act in accordance with reason is contrary to God’s nature. The editor, Theodore Khoury, observes: For the emperor, as a Byzantine shaped by Greek philosophy, … Continue reading

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Milt Bearden on Interrogation

Hits: 0Milt Bearden wrote this three years ago for the New York Times. He has offered it for our consideration. Pat Lang ———————————————————————————- “In February 1993, a Pakistani named Ramsi Yousef mounted the first attack on the World Trade Center. … Continue reading

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“Al Qaeda and the Jihadis”

Hits: 0I have an oped piece in this week’s "America" magazine. —————————————————— "The Al Qaeda that most Americans imagine does not exist. It is largely a figment of our imaginations and fears, a phantom that never existed in the way … Continue reading

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“What Is Interrogation?”

Hits: 0   With the earsplitting din of the current debate about whether to use torture in interrogating terrorist prisoners, it may be helpful, even educational, to define what an interrogation is, and how it is properly carried out, as opposed … Continue reading

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“Crank” – A Review

Hits: 0 Download Crank.doc Alan Farrell

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OSP redux?

Hits: 0 One of you has written to suggest a thread about the "new" OSD Iran Desk.  I suggest you start by listening to Mary Louise Kelly’s piece on NPR. Pat Lang http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6108983

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An Interesting Question

Hits: 0 One of you sent me this interesting question which I offer for general discussion. Pat Lang ———————————————————————- "Dear Colonel. I’ve been enjoying your blog. I’m always happy when I find out where the grown-ups are in serious conversation. … Continue reading

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