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It was Tony Blair who brought history into it. That was in a speech to the US Congress in July 2003, when he declared that he was "confident history will forgive" those who, a couple of months earlier, had destroyed the "threat" from Saddam Hussein.
NS Christmas - Many in Bethlehem hoped that as the intifada eased, the collapse in their economy wou
In the year that Islamist terrorism finally reached London, when the Christian west and Islamic east are engaged in another major confrontation, there has never been a greater need for both sides to realise what they have in common.
History may be fashionable on television and in the bookshops, but our politicians understand it les
Soldiers and civilians are not the only casualties of war. Aggressors also target the physical monum
Gate of the Sun
Elias Khoury; translated by Humphrey Davies <em>Harvill, 501pp, £17.99</em>
President Ahmadinejad is mocked by Tehran's elite for his ugliness, stupidity and smelly socks. Yet
If suicide killing was a viable weapon of just war, then the Prophet Muhammad would have used it
If you want to know the truth about Iraq, join the millions who have given up on the silences of the mainstream press.
Zarqawi: the new face of al-Qaeda
Jean-Charles Brisard <em>Polity Press, 224pp, £14.99</em>
Uncomfortable as it is to agree with a man cast in the Kissinger mould, in these dangerous times I f
We Are Iran
Nasrin Alavi <em>Portobello Books, 336pp, £12.99</em>
''Tony will go at a time of his own choosing and it won't be soon . . . He's got a great deal more t
Even Saddam didn't enjoy full control over the far-western tribal belt, so what can the Americans ho
''The question people are going to ask," said Tony Blair, "is, 'What are you going to do about Iran?' Because - can you imagine a state with an attitude like that having nuclear weapons?" The Prime Minister responded to the Iranian president's threat to wipe out Israel with a question of potenti
It provokes extreme passions. From a country the size of Wales, conflicts and arguments touch lives
Zionism is Israel's official state ideology. A vast majority of Israeli Jews, plus many Jews living outside Israel, define themselves as Zionists.
The only political rivals Ariel Sharon worries about are on the far right. How did the Labour party,
For all the accusations of hubris, there is something lugubrious about Tony Blair's view of the human condition. The British people seem to have little sense of their place in the world beyond uncritical support for America.
Self-deception is one of the characteristics of the Middle East narrative. Whenever wars and political upheavals tear the region apart, someone will claim that life is improving, that peace may yet be discovered. And so it is today.
Israel: the view from the bus - What do Israelis think about the Palestinians? As little as possible
There is no other alliance that compares, and it is newer than you might think. Anton La Guardia ana
What if the "great experiment" had worked? Palestinian writer Samir El-Youssef reimagines the Israel
Part Israeli, part Palestinian, the Divan Orchestra is a beacon of hope in a gloomy landscape