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Articles from Vol. 275, No. 12, October 14

Afghanistan Imperiled: Extremist Forces Are Making a Comeback as American Attention Turns to Iraq
Lahore There are mounting fears in Afghanistan that President George W. Bush's war against Iraq will seriously compromise further attempts by the US-led Western alliance to stabilize Afghanistan--even as the US Defense Department appears to be...
A Greener Germany. (Comment)
In the future, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and his Social Democrats will have reason to treat their junior coalition partner, the Greens, with more respect. In the September 22 nationwide elections, the Greens did better than anyone had expected--by...
An Open Letter to the Members of Congress. (Editorials)
Soon, you will be asked to vote on a resolution authorizing the United States to overthrow the government of Iraq by military force. Its passage, we read on all sides, is a foregone conclusion, as if what the country now faces is not a decision...
Beyond Good and Evil
So now it's official. If a foreign government does not offer its people "the rewards and challenges of political and economic liberty," an eternal value that all people everywhere espouse, we can "take action." If we deem a nation a threat to our...
Chill on the Hill. (Articles)
Despite the hysterical shuffling of chairs formally known as instituting Homeland Security, the sprawling intelligence-gathering apparatus that existed pre-9/11 likely will survive the restructuring largely unscathed. This does not bode well for...
Domestic Terror: When Several Soldiers Killed Their Wives, an Old Problem Was Suddenly News
The crusty critic Paul Fussell observed that war is always ironic, because things always end up so far from the glory-trailing myths that help start them. Irony, though, pales beside the fear and anger that now swirl around Fort Bragg, North Carolina,...
Haunted Hermitage
Russian Ark While going about their business, great artists often make monkeys of the people who write about them. Look at what happened to one chatterer, who not long ago was playing the critic in the New York Times. "There are two kinds of...
Inheriting the Wind ... (Exchange)
We endured our own KT-event regarding David Hawkes's review of Stephen Jay Gould's last book, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory ["The Evolution of Darwinism," June 10]. Scientists and nonscientists e-mailed us in numbers too large to reflect...
Running Clean in Arizona: Reforms Have Proven So Popular That after Two Years They May Be Here to Stay
Phoenix State Representative Meg Burton Cahill seems straight out of a Frank Capra script celebrating that idealized but rare species of politician known as the "citizen-legislator." Showing up at a press interview in blue jeans, sandals and...
Taking Sides
I suppose I can just about bear to watch the "inspections" pantomime a second time. But what I cannot bear is the sight of French and Russian diplomats posing and smirking with Naji Sabry, Iraq's foreign minister, or with Tariq Aziz. I used to ...
Warring Democrats. (Comment)
Before nonpresident Al Gore recently weighed in against President Bush's rush to war in Iraq (for posing "the potential to seriously damage our ability to win the war against terrorism and to weaken our ability to lead the world"), one of the leading...
Wellstone and the War. (Comment)
Even as Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone announced his opposition to George W. Bush's call for Congressional authorization to "use all means" against Iraq, White House political director Karl Rove was busy unleashing the dogs of political war. Retired...