John Updike's Terrorist rips its plot from the headlines.
But the book's Irish-Egyptian protagonist is paper-thin, and its jihad-lit plot
remains stubbornly inanimate, devoid of passion or fury.
September 11 marked a turning point in the history of Saudi Arabia,
raising new questions about political repression, religious
extremism and the future of its youth.
New scholarship sheds light on Osama bin Laden's rhetoric, charisma and complex religious and political vision.
Instead of parroting the Republicans' "tough" approach to national security, Democratic candidates should distinguish themselves from the Bush Administration by, for starters, setting a date for withdrawal from Iraq.
We need a unified security budget to coherently allocate
dollars to the military, homeland security and peacemaking efforts abroad.
It's appalingly clear Team Bush is unwilling to do the hard work it takes to make Afghanistan the functioning nation it was before cold war games tore it apart.
If the US is to prevail in the war on terror, we must do it by
distinguishing ourselves from the enemy. Torture and degrading
treatment are as morally evil as terrorism, because they brutally
disregard the value of human life.
Recent rulings upholding the right of the executive branch to jail and try terror suspects in military tribunals raise questions about whether the judiciary can keep presidential powers in check. Will a realigned Supreme Court give Bush a
blank check to rise above the law?
The FBI--with apparent White House
approval--continues to seek the authority to bypass the court system in
pursuit of evidence against terror suspects.