Middle East

Reasons to Attack Iran

7 March 2012 Reasons to Attack Iran By Gwynne Dyer The last time US President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, it was obvious that the two men distrusted and despised each other. This time (5 March), their mutual dislike was better hidden, but the gulf between them was still as big, especially …

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Obama’s Fine Words

20 May 2011 Obama’s Fine Words By Gwynne Dyer Barack Obama’s speech on the Middle East lasted for forty minutes, but did it say anything new? Not exactly, although it did reinstate an old rule that had been abandoned. Two years after the American president’s much-ballyhooed speech in Cairo promised a new relationship with the …

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Imad Mughniyeh’s Killing

16 February 2008 Imad Mughniyeh’s Killing: Wheels within Wheels By Gwynne Dyer Imad Mughniyeh didn’t have long to be surprised, for the bomb that exploded in the car parked next to his undoubtedly killed him in less than a second. He wouldn’t have been surprised anyway: as the special operations chief of Hezbollah’s secretive military …

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It’s All About Oil

17 September 2007 It’s All About Oil By Gwynne Dyer Australia’s defence minister, Brendan Nelson, is not the sharpest tool in the box, so people were not really surprised in July when he blurted out that the real motive for invading Iraq was oil: “Obviously the Middle East itself, not only Iraq but the entire …

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Perspectives on Terrorism

1 July 2007 Perspectives on Terrorism By Gwynne Dyer As terrorists go, this was “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.” One of the would-be London bombers on 29 June drove erratically down Haymarket — presumably affected by the fumes from the gas cylinders and petrol (gasoline) containers that were the heart of his makeshift car-bomb …

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