Saturday, July 31, 2010

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- July 31, 2010

U.S. Army soldiers and Afghan police officers confirm that everyone understands the plans for the next part of the operation in the village of Lagar Jay Kalha, Jaghato district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, July 14, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest

No Afghan Ally Left Behind -- Seymour Topping, New York Times

A TALIBAN spokesman announced Thursday that the group is poring over the tens of thousands of classified military documents published by WikiLeaks this week, looking for the names of pro-American Afghans.

As in the past, those identified will likely be added to lists of people to be assassinated, or rounded up once the United States and its allies leave the country. We’re already seeing this in Iraq where, as American troops prepare to withdraw, there is a campaign by insurgents to kill members of the Awakening movement and others who have cooperated with the United States.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Winning Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan -- Michelle Price, Asia Sentinel

Is a new war in the Middle East becoming inevitable? -- Volker Perthes, Daily Star

If Iran came close to getting a nuclear weapon, would Obama use force? -- Steven Simon and Ray Takeyh, Washington Post

Getting Back to Diplomacy on Iran -- Nikolas Gvosdev, World Politics Review

Beijing's Asia power play -- Michael Richardson, Japan Times

Palestinians Hold to Peace-Talk Preconditions -- Tony Karon, Time Magazine

Cleaning Up The Corruption -- Mahmood Karzai, Washington Times

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