Subject for Review
Another of our supposed allies in the Arab world, Yemeni president Ali Abdallah Saleh, has said he wants all of Israel's neighbors to join the war
and make it a fight for all Islam.
It was already apparent that Saleh is ideologically closer to Saddam Hussein than his other Arab counterparts. I think it's time to remind him that he's either with us or against us.
Benazir is Back
She isn't back in Pakistan but she is back in the news, refusing to quit
the Pakistan People's Party, as demanded by the sitting government, as a condition for resuming political activity. The same forces, Muslims who can't stand to see a woman with any authority, seek to recycle old and disproven charges of corruption, despite the current regime enjoying the benefits of absolute power.
Musharraf has been helpful in the cause of fighting terrorism (though it was his only smart choice) in recent years but he is still a dictator and he really isn't helping the cause of democratic reform in Pakistan.
If ever there was a clear issue for feminists and true progressives to back in the Muslim world, this is it. Up to now they have largely failed women in these countries. We will see how many self-styled Western advocates come through this time.
The once-venerable Reuters wire service now sees its spiraling problems accelerate with double trouble in one day, admitting use of an obviously, badly manipulated photo
and the use of its email services by a Muslim activist threatening an American blogger
It might be a good time for them to step up and admit their part in the Qana fraud
just so they can get another problem past them.