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September 15, 2002
Peace puzzle
By Michael Berube
When it comes to Iraq, the right has no moral clarity and the left has lost its moral compass

October 6, 2002
A just war?
By Jean Bethke Elshtain
Many of the country's leading ethicists oppose a strike on Iraq. But a look at the centuries-old theory of just war suggests that military action may in fact be morally necessary.

October 27, 2002
Inspecting Saddam
By Tamar Miller and Tamar Morad
An Israeli historian helps diagnose the dictator

October 27, 2002
The end of the affair
By Ussama Makdisi
Thanks to American missionaries and diplomats, the Arab world once looked to the United States as a friend and source of hope. It didn't last.

November 3, 2002
The dissident
By Laura Secor, Globe Staff
With his scorching expose of Saddam Hussein's brutality, Kanan Makiya established himself as Iraq's leading exile. Now he's talking with powerbrokers in the Bush administration. But can he push democracy to the top of their agenda?

November 17, 2002
The Word / Call him Saddam
By Jan Freeman, Globe Staff
Saddam or Hussein? What do we call the Iraqi dictator when we're not calling him evil incarnate?

December 15, 2002
The two faces of Islamic studies
By Bruce Fudge
Is there something intrinsically violent about Islam?

February 9, 2003
What went right
By Laura Secor, Globe Staff
Turkey's promising experiment with Muslim democracy.

February 16, 2003
Why Iraqis distrust Americans... and Egyptians shouldn't
By Elizabeth Neuffer and Lee Smith, Globe Staff
Dispatches from the Middle East

March 2, 2003
Chirac's other Iraq policy
By Joshua Glenn, Globe Staff
Jacques Chirac's opposition to the Bush administration's march to war may have won him the applause of antiwar activists, but others have noted that the French president may have less than principled reasons for his position.

March 2, 2003
Imperial muddle
By Ken Stier
After World War I, the British attempted to bring self-rule and political stability to the people of Iraq. The lessons for the United States are far from encouraging.

March 2, 2003
The anti-anti-Americans
By Laura Secor, Globe Staff
Central Europeans may be wary of the Bush administration's war plans, but they're not at all wary of the United States.

March 16, 2003
The Blair War Project
By Anthony Dworkin
The British prime minister is on a mission - and it's not George Bush's.

March 23, 2003
The world pushes back
By Robert A. Pape
Even if the US scores a quick victory in Iraq, the rest of the world won't fall in line behind America's new global agenda. Welcome to the era of ''soft balancing.''

March 30, 2003
Thinking man's warrior
By Laura Secor
In his best-selling account of the American-European divide, Robert Kagan gives the Bush administration's foreign policy its most sophisticated defense. Will anyone outside the US buy it?

April 6, 2003
Wartime lies
By Laura Secor
In a realm where killing is not only tolerated but required, can we seriously quibble over, say, when it is or isn't right to tell a lie?

April 6, 2003
Shooting and scoring
By Scott Stossel
Sports, it has been said, are the American idiom. But that alone doesn't entirely explain why there are so many similarities between the way television covers sports and the way it covers war.

April 6, 2003
Advise and dissent
By James T. Kloppenberg
As disagreements over the war in Iraq ignite public controversy, it's worth recalling that antiwar protest is not an artifact of the Vietnam era but a tradition as old and venerable as the United States itself.

April 13, 2003
The twilight of tyrants
And the promise of liberal revolution
By Paul Berman
The tumbling statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad last Wednesday did look like something out of the revolutions of 1989, and this resembla

April 13, 2003
Petrol peril
Why Iraq's oil wealth may do more harm than good
By Daphne Eviatar
Having the world's second largest oil reserves doesn't necessarily improve Iraq's long-term prospects.

April 20, 2003
Fighting by the book
By David B. Green
The Israeli army instructs its soldiers in a stringent ethical code. Can US forces learn from its example?

April 20, 2003
The Mission
By Laura Secor
Protestant missionaries have been criticized for their plans to evangelize in Iraq. If history is any guide, they're not likely to have much luck anyway.

April 27, 2003
Tipping points
By Neil Swidey
Rice and flowers. That's how the Shi'ite Muslims of southern Lebanon greeted Israel Defense Forces as they steamed into their villages in June of 1982.

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