The Speech

As the speech itself acknowledges, a single speech can’t resolve things.  But it is impossible to overstate how significant it would be if the vision President Obama expresses and aspires to in this speech is successful.  The text of the speech is here, or here for translations into 14 other languages.  It is worth taking […]

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Forgotten casualties of Iraq war

It is understandable that the media and community tend to focus on the people killed in action in wars, as well as on the civilian casualties in the war zone. But it does mean that the ongoing impacts on the soldiers who return home can be forgotten – especially those who return apparently unwounded. It […]

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Iraq War 5 years on

The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has provided plenty of reflections on the consequences and correctness of that decision. The Easter long weekend is probably as good a time as any time to read back over some of what was said at the time of the invasion. One quote from around that period […]

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Our War

While our government makes every effort to distract the public with their undefined, ever-shifting ‘war’ on terror, there is a real war and real ever-present terror going on – one which our government, and thus our country, initiated and continues to support. The USA based magazine The Nation has just published a series of in-depth […]

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Does the US Congress hate America?

The House of Representatives in the US Congress has passed a Bill to withdraw US forces from Iraq by September 2008. The Bill is unlikely to pass the Senate and would anyway be vetoed by the US President, but it certainly sends a strong message that mainstream opinion in the USA clearly recognises the need […]

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Saddam executed

Over the last couple of years, I’ve written a few posts on the death penalty, putting the view that it should opposed in all circumstances, rather than just when its popular. I’t’s no surprise then that I don’t support the execution of Saddam Hussein. It’s only human for some of the victims of his tyranny […]

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A change in approach toward Iraq?

It appears that the Australian government’s approach towards Iraq may be going to change over the next few months. I say this, because it appears that the USA government’s approach towards Iraq may be in the process of changing, and the Australian government will inevitably follow suit. The New York Times reports James Baker, the […]

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Iraq

Unlike the UK and the USA, the issue of Iraq has slipped fairly low in the political debate in Australia, apart from the link to the ongoing AWB ‘wheat overboard’ scandal. One could speculate as to why this disparity between the 3 key members of the original ‘Coalition of the Willing’ exists, but the difficulties in Iraq continue regardless.

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A Senate Committee Interrogation

After my relaxing weekend, I travelled to Canberra on Tuesday for a Committee hearing into claims of Australian involvement in interrogations in Iraq. This Inquiry was set up following allegations in a Four Corners report that the Government had misled the Parliament and the public in saying that no Australians were involved in any interrogations. […]

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