Regions / Middle East & North Africa
The U.S. Congress and the White House have chosen the latter course.
The Bush administration is undermining the logic of deterrence--previously used to make weapons of mass destruction unthinkable in wartime due to certain retaliation--and making the use of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction all the more likely.
For America's allies, the new Bush Doctrine of attacking people before they attack us, known as "first strike," is another example of a bull-in-a-china shop approach to world affairs.
There are people of good will on both sides, people not blinded by the illusion that violence solves everything.
Freezing military aid to Israel would send a message that committing human rights violations is unacceptable.
Sharon and Bush as war mongers
Last night's long-awaited speech by President Bush was to set the pace for the Palestinians and Israelis to step back from the vicious and bloody cycle of violence that has gripped them for nearly two years.
President George W. Bush's speech on Monday represents a setback for Middle East peace.
In the event of a U.S. invasion of Iraq, a lack of regional support would have more than just political implications.
Both in the U.S. and in Israel, government policy and actions do not reflect popular sentiment.