Peter Davis is on assignment in Iraq for The Nation.
The test of a great nation is whether it has the capacity to own up to
its mistakes and change course for the sake of the country and the
The hard lessons of Guantánamo have yet to be learned, while many of the old mistakes are being repeated.
Although the laboriously negotiated and long-delayed Middle East "road map" received a diplomatic boost by the recent intervention of George W. Bush, the plan is replete with the same structural flaws that doomed the Oslo Accords.
Much of the talk in Europe these days--in newspaper offices, at dinner
parties, in foreign ministries--is about how the United States and
Britain were conned into going to war against Iraq, or
Richard Falk, Mary Kaldor,
Carl Tham, Samantha Power,
Mahmood Mamdani, David Rieff,
Eric Rouleau, Zia Mian,
Ronald Steel, Stephen Holmes,
Ramesh Thakur, Stephen Zunes
Dejectedly, a man sits on the ground.
The man has been detained. His hands are bound.
His crime is truly simple to explain:
Possessing pictures of Saddam Hussein.
The Iranian student demonstrations that began on June 10 initially
protested plans to privatize Teheran University and to raise tuition.
They quickly became a forum for criticizing the repressi
Whatever happens in Iraq, lying to Americans and the world about the reasons for war is not acceptable.
This fall will see a fact-finding mission to Iraq to evaluate the condition of workers and the status of the labor movement.