Words and Meanings

2 April 2003 Words and Meanings By Gwynne Dyer The first casualty of war is not truth, which generally dies well before hostilities begin. It is language. Consider how Iraqi resistance fighters belonging to the Fedayeen organisation and the Baath Party militia have been renamed in only a week. At first American spokespersons referred to …

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Rumsfeld’s War

30 March 2003 Rumsfeld’s War By Gwynne Dyer American generals are not political innocents, though they have to act as if they were. When Lieutenant General William Wallace, the commander of American ground forces in Iraq, ruefully told journalists last Thursday that “the enemy we’re fighting is different from the one we’d war-gamed against” and …

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‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’: The New Barbarossa?

25 March 2003 ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’: The New Barbarossa? By Gwynne Dyer Historical analogies are often misleading, but have you noticed that Saddam Hussein, in recent TV broadcasts, looks more and more like Joseph Stalin? That’s how he’s positioning himself politically, too. Like Stalin during the Second World War, he is effectively telling Iraqis to …

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Aftermath: SCIRI

21 March 2003 Aftermath: SCIRI By Gwynne Dyer “Wimps go to Baghdad,” they say in neo-conservative circles in Washington. “Real men go to Tehran.” It sounds tough at dinner parties, and the macho intellectuals who talk like that never worry that genuinely hard men can overhear their silly chatter. But they can, and they are …

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The Probability Tree

19 March 2003 The Probability Tree By Gwynne Dyer Of all human enterprises, war is the least predictable or controllable. Even when an attacker enjoys such a huge advantage as the US armed forces have over the Iraqis, things can go wrong. Here is a day-by-day check-list of what should be happening in Iraq once …

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The Jackal in Winter

27 February 2003 The Jackal in Winter By Gwynne Dyer He’s had such a strange life that it’s as hard as imagining what it’s like to be Michael Jackson, but it’s a good deal more important. What is going through the mind of Saddam Hussein as he waits for the American avalanche to bury him? …

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The Question of Pakistan

16 February 2003 The Question of Pakistan By Gwynne Dyer When the National Security Council does the worst-case analysis in a US attack on Iraq, what do its members tell themselves about Pakistan? You know, the world’s second-biggest Muslim country, the one with the nuclear weapons. Do they ever worry that the backlash elsewhere against …

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