A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).
"Nothing we know about Dick Cheney suggests that he wanted to "redeeem" Iraq or make it into a model society of any kind. If Cheney followed any example in his dim plans for post-invasion Iraq...it was Ariel Sharon's. No one would suggest that Sharon aimed to "redeem" the Palestinians or create a model market society in the West Bank and Gaza. What he aimed, and achieved, was managed anarchy: a weak, internally divided and festering society unable to project power outwards, but susceptible to periodic violent intrusions. -Stephen Holmes, reviewing Naomi Klein's "The Shocking Doctrine", London Review of Books, 8 May 2008.