News and Analysis (10/31/07)

Mukasey continues his ambiguities as he states in a letter to Congressmen and women that waterboarding “is repugnant” but fails to clarify his legal stance on the matter:

NY Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman slams neo-conservatives and some presidential candidates for letting fear substitute for facts when discussing foreign policy and terrorism matters:

“In a time when we are inundated with the daily rhetoric of ideologues, exclusivists, and merchants of fear, we are in dire need of engaged academics and public intellectuals who can write and speak authoritatively on the topics of the day and who also provide visible public models for ethics of citizenship.”—Tariq Ramadan, Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University

Marred by distrust and a lack of success against terrorists, billions of dollars in US military aid, most of which is irrelevant for effective counterterrorism and addressing root causes of political violence, has failed to strengthen US-Pakistan relations, while public opinion polls reveal divisions among urban Pakistanis on whether or not committing more army troops to fighting terrorists will achieve the desired results:

Basra police chief declares the city to be in the grip of militias and says that his forces lack the firepower and loyalties to curb their illegal and deadly activities:

Alejandro

Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

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