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Commentary Last Updated: Oct 30th, 2006 - 02:18:15

The Decider says boo
By Hal O'Boyle

The Decider is trying to scare the crap out of me again. The Leader of the Free World made a speech from his office in Washington on September 11 that was clearly designed to scare me, scare you, scare our friends, our relatives and everybody we know. His speech, and, in fact, the president�s entire career since 9/11 has been dedicated to proving H.L. Mencken was right when he wrote:

Sep 20, 2006, 01:14

Lebanon should say no to German troops
By Linda S. Heard

For historical reasons, Germany is reluctant for its troops to be placed in a position where they could end up fighting Jews. Yet it seems the German government has no such compunction when it comes to facing off against Lebanese.

Sep 20, 2006, 01:05

Who are the terrorists, who are the freedom fighters?
By Gulamhusein A. Abba

I first learnt about the Jews when I was just a little boy of 10. There was a picture in the Illustrated Weekly of India. It depicted Kristallnacht! Even at that young age I was interested in political events. The picture, especially the title, caught my eye. I was shocked at what I read. Living in the midst of bloody Hindu-Muslim riots in Bombay, I well knew the fear each community felt in the area of the city in which it was a minority. People got killed. Houses and businesses got burnt. In my childish ignorance I thought it happened only in Bombay. And here I was reading about it happening in Germany to the Jews. My heart went out to them.

Sep 19, 2006, 00:47

Congressman Nye and Jack Abramoff: Justice versus lobbies
By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Why did prosecutors enter into a plea agreement with discredited Congressman Bob Ney even when they already struck a plea agreement with the guy who bribed him, Jack Abramoff? And why did many mainstream media outlets ignore the most crucial facts of this case?

Sep 19, 2006, 00:45

Bush�s cruel and degrading presidency
By Mike Whitney

Washington is a moral swamp. When the chief executive can stand at the presidential podium and make an unabashed appeal for torture, then the American dream is dead.

Sep 19, 2006, 00:42

Threats: Real and imagined
By Mickey Z.

The terrorists want to kill us. Our government wants to tap our phones. The CIA wants to haul us away to secret prisons. Corporations want to poison our water, our air, and our food. You've got hurricanes, moody loners, e. coli, undocumented immigrants, drug dealers, shoe bombers, Mad Cow Disease, child molesters, welfare cheats, reality show contestants; if we were to believe the hype, there is much to fear in our daily lives. Here's the rub: Distinguishing the genuine threats from the fabrications is often difficult in a society so dependent on media imagery. It's no wonder so few people went to see "Snakes on a Plane" this summer. We already have liquids on a plane to deal with. Who needs cinematic frights and shocks when reality -- or at least our perception of reality -- is enough to leave us quivering in the fetal position?

Sep 19, 2006, 00:38

Afghanistan: More of the same
By Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar

I don�t know if you have paid any attention to the news coming out of Afghanistan or not; but if you did, you probably think that NATO forces are winning the war. The headlines are full of stories about how NATO forces have killed so many Taliban fighters in battles in the south of the country [1]. Yet at the same time we hear that soldiers� moral is on the decline and that they have to fight almost 18-plus hours a day without rest [2].

Sep 19, 2006, 00:33

�A lesson in bias,� indeed
By Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.

On September 13, Joseph Farah launched a vicious attack against me on his WorldNetDaily website. My �Reply to Joseph Farah� appeared here, in Online Journal, on September 14. The exact same �reply� was sent to Mr. Farah at WorldNetDaily.

Sep 18, 2006, 02:23

Taking to the streets on 9/11
By Jerry Mazza

On the morning of 9/11, I couldn�t watch the reading of names on NY1.Not five years in a row. I clicked off the ritual of bereaved families, somber politicos and media scripters and went to work on the computer. Before I knew it, it was 1 o�clock. Something gnawed. I needed to go down to Ground Zero, at least to pay my respects to the gone. Yet what I found was very alive. Thousands of 9/11 Truth Movement members shouting,, "9/11 was an inside job, 9/11 was an inside job.� This interspersed with the raspy voice of Alex Jones booming the facts of the Towers� demise on a bullhorn. But this was no bull. This was a whole new ballgame.

Sep 18, 2006, 02:19

Sistani�s fears realized
By Abbas J. Ali, Ph.D.

Traditionally, only under a severe threat to the country or the community does the senior member of the religious authority, the Marjaea, in Najaf, Iraq, assertively voice his political concerns. Political matters of highest urgency demand guidance and citizens often respond positively to this authority.

Sep 15, 2006, 00:39

Why I hate America
By Mickey Z.

"Why do you hate America?" This is a remarkably easy question to provoke. One might, for instance, expose elements of this nation's brutal foreign policy.

Sep 15, 2006, 00:37

A reply to Joseph Farah
From Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.

Yesterday, Joseph Farah wrote and published an article, �Kill the Christians,� on his WorldNetDaily website. He was allegedly attacking an article I�d written (as a private citizen) for Online Journal, but he completely ignored the article�s argument and substance: the need for equality legislation to address the fact that �nearly one-fifth (17.6 percent) of students had been physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation and over a tenth (11.8 percent) because of their gender expression.� Instead he launched into a vicious personal attack and professional assault, replete with childish name-calling and a vocabulary foreign to all professional journalists.

Sep 14, 2006, 00:33

Embattled Blair between the lines
By Linda S. Heard

Love him or not, you've got to admire his tenacity. I'm talking about the British prime minister who's clearly myopic when it comes to warbling fat ladies.

Sep 14, 2006, 00:25

Israeli trap for Lebanon
By Linda S. Heard

Following Israel�s military defeat in Lebanon, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is attempting to woo Beirut, offering to negotiate over the Shebaa Farms as a precursor to a possible peace treaty. In response, his Lebanese counterpart Fouad Siniora promised Lebanon would be the last Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel.

Sep 13, 2006, 02:15

Terrorist democracy?
By Frank Scott

The world is watching a frightening reality show, as both the US and Israel threaten to mutually freak out, and, in the process, destroy much of what passes for civilization. They work in tandem to strangle Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan, calling their murderous assaults democracy. This, while they feverishly depict Iran as the mirror of themselves: a menace to the human race.

Sep 13, 2006, 02:12

Mr. Rove's Opus of Deception: 9/11 and the Lonesome Ballad of Blind Willie McMansion
By Phil Rockstroh

At present, 46 percent of the American people hold the delusion that Saddam Hussein was involved in the planning and execution of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001.

Sep 13, 2006, 02:06

The "War on Terror"
By Michael Samstein

As we mark the 5th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11 we are still at war, our war, the war the Bush administration coined, the �War on Terror.� A war that both Republicans and Democrats believe in and continue to declare, to the public, that they are the better party in continuing the �War on Terror.� There isn�t a day that goes by that this headline is not splashed across every newspaper, magazine, and news channel. We are constantly reminded that our country is at war. At war against a great evil Islamofascist enemy that wishes to destroy us because they hate our freedom and democracy.

Sep 12, 2006, 01:17

No mercy
By Sheila Samples

A year after triumphantly declaring that work in the Gulf Coast region would be "one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen," after promising that "Americans will look back at the response to Hurricane Katrina and say that our country grew not only in prosperity, but also in character and justice," George Bush had the audacity to return to New Orleans.

Sep 12, 2006, 01:03

Inside the iron theater
By Joe Bageant

Nobody talks about it out loud, but a few million Americans are seriously doubting their sanity these days. Or having their sanity doubted. Or both. They seldom speak their minds because what is going on in there is a vision of society that conjures grave doubt, if not outright horror. It is the kind of stuff that will get your ass kicked off the island in a heartbeat. Nobody wants to hear it.

Sep 12, 2006, 00:57

"I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down": Does the terrorist threat exist in the US?
By Luciana Bohne

It seems to me from traveling abroad and from contacts all over the world that the people of the United States are some of the most terrified in the world.

Sep 11, 2006, 00:34

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