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12:50 PM ET, March 1, 2006

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Victor Davis Hanson / Opinion Journal:
At War With Ourselves  —  We're winning in Iraq.  Let's not lose at home.  —  Last week the golden dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra was blown apart.  Sectarian riots followed, and reprisals and deaths ensued.  Thugs and criminals came out of the woodwork to foment further violence.
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
NO WAR IN THE STREETS  —  March 1, 2006 — THE reporting out of Baghdad continues to be hysterical and dishonest.  There is no civil war in the streets.  None.  Period.  —  Terrorism, yes.  Civil war, no. Clear enough?  —  Yesterday, I crisscrossed Baghdad, visiting communities …
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
THE SEWERS OF BABYLON  —  OUR Humvees splashed through troughs …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
The Brussels Journal:
Anti-Jihad Manifesto Misses the Point  —  Today twelve international authors, most of them (former) Muslims, such as Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but also a couple of "French philosophers," published a manifesto in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Discussion: sisu
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Alexandra von Maltzan / All Things Beautiful:
The Manifesto Against The New Islamic Totalitarianism
Discussion: Six Days and Sister Toldjah
Agora:
Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali et al Slam Islamic Totalitarianism
Aljazeera:
Writers slam Islamic 'totalitarianism'
Discussion: Jeff Weintraub
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Shiites Told: Leave Home Or Be Killed  —  Sunnis Force Evictions As Iraq Tensions Grow  —  BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 — Salim Rashid, 34, a Shiite laborer in an overwhelmingly Sunni Arab village 20 miles north of Baghdad, received his eviction notice Friday from a man at the door with a rocket launcher.
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Mixed Section of Iraqis Sees Hope Dashed
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Reuters:
Bush makes surprise Afghanistan visit  —  KABUL (Reuters) - President George W. Bush began his first visit to South Asia on Wednesday with a surprise stop over in Afghanistan, where thousands of American troops are still engaged in hunting down the architects of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Washington Post:
Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan  —  NEW DELHI, March 1 — President Bush made a previously unannounced visit to Kabul Wednesday to rally U.S. troops in Afghanistan and praise embattled Afghan leader Hamid Karzai at a time of rising violence from the Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists.
Associated Press:
President Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The End of Fukuyama  —  Why his latest pronouncements miss the mark.  —  I have a feeling that last week was a disappointing one for Francis Fukuyama, whose essay "After Neoconservatism" (adapted from his upcoming book America at the Crossroads) was awarded seven pages in the Feb. 19 New York Times Magazine.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
GOP Unease Spreads to Security Issues  —  Port Deal Among Challenges to What Has Been Bush's Strength  —  The first heading on the issues page of Rep. Mark Foley's Web site brags that he is "one of President Bush's strongest supporters in Congress."  The Florida Republican voted …
Gateway Pundit:
Poland Introduces "Martyrs of Our Time" Ad Campaign  —  The Polish Foundation of St. Benedictus introduces its "Martyrs of our Time" ad campaign this week.  —  Poland is no France...  No rationalizing or mollifying barbaric behavior in Krakow!  —  Here are a few of the moving posters …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Vermont Campaign Limits Get Cool Reception at Court  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — The Supreme Court displayed little appetite on Tuesday for making basic changes in its approach to campaign finance law, under which the government may place limits on political contributions but not on a candidate's spending.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Gina Cobb
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
The Glenn and Helen Show: Claire Berlinski on Europe  —  We interviewed Claire Berlinski, author of Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis is America's, Too, about Europe, Muslim integration (and the lack thereof), and the political, diplomatic, and military consequences thereof.
Discussion: Peaktalk and Dr. Helen
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Rivals Try to Tie G.O.P. Senator to Lobby Furor  —  GREAT FALLS, Mont., Feb. 27 — At a meeting with Senator Conrad Burns here last weekend, the Little Shell Chippewa tribe presented him with ropes of woven sweetgrass, a ceremonial tobacco pouch and a traditional drum dance.
Discussion: Wampum and Demagogue
Saeb Erekat / New York Times:
What the P.L.O. Has to Offer  —  MANY have argued that Hamas's winning of a decisive majority in the Palestinian Parliament provides yet another setback for peace and democracy in the Middle East.  Some have even suggested that it vindicates Israeli unilateralism.
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Veterans Report Mental Distress  —  About a Third Returning From Iraq Seek Help  —  More than one in three soldiers and Marines who have served in Iraq later sought help for mental health problems, according to a comprehensive snapshot by Army experts of the psyches of men and women returning …
B. Preston / JunkYardBlog:
Militant Islam and Children  —  This subject is much broader and deserves more attention than a fleeting blog post, but two stories appeared in my inbox today that suggest militant Islam and even some of its mainstream cousins have absolutely no thought of the future and no regard for the lives of anyone, most especially children.
Discussion: Mia Culpa, Eurabian News and lgf
 
 
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Thomas Johnson / American Enterprise Magazine:
NPR Bias: An Urban Myth?
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Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Pressure Seen on Probes at Baghdad Morgue
Phillip Longman / Foreign Policy:
The Return of Patriarchy  —  Across the globe, people are choosing …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Rack and Ruin  —  The Supreme Court considers Anna Nicole's surprisingly real claims.
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Juan Cole / Salon:
Iraq's worst week — and Bush's
Khaleej Times:
'Controversy helped Europe understand Islam'
Mark Pazniokas / courant.com:
Shays Endorsing Lieberman