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12:05 PM ET, March 1, 2006

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Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali et al Slam Islamic Totalitarianism  —  This just in, stay tuned as the story develops.  I think we'll be seeing people die in the coming days.  You know, from "reactions"....  Update: This will be brought in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo tomorrow, Wednesday.
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Jay / Stop The ACLU:
A Manifesto Against Islamism
The Brussels Journal:
Anti-Jihad Manifesto Misses the Point
Discussion: sisu
Alexandra von Maltzan / All Things Beautiful:
The Manifesto Against The New Islamic Totalitarianism
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Aljazeera:
Writers slam Islamic 'totalitarianism'
Discussion: Jeff Weintraub
Editor and Publisher:
Kristof: Poll Finds U.S. Troops in Iraq Urge Pullout  —  NEW YORK A poll of U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq—reportedly the first of its kind—shows that 72% advocate a U.S. pullout within a year, with only 23% for staying as long "as necessary," reports Nicholas Kristof in his New York Times column today.
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Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
How reliable is Zogby poll of military in Iraq?  —  The latest Zogby "poll" purports to show heavy unclarity of mission and support for leaving Iraq during the next year or sooner among our servicepeople in Iraq.  —  However, Zogby's poll purposely leaves open too many questions …
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  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Bush made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday, flying here secretly to support its fledging government in the face of rising violence from al-Qaida and Taliban militants.
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.
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.
Knight Ridder:
Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war …
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Growing Threat Seen In Afghan Insurgency
Discussion: The Heretik
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Prosecutors in Hussein Case Tie Him to Order to Kill 148  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 1 — As Saddam Hussein watched quietly from the dock, prosecutors on Tuesday displayed what they said was his signature on orders of execution for 148 men and boys, some as young as 11, in what appeared …
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Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
The trial just got interesting.
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
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.
Discussion: BrothersJudd Blog and Peaktalk
Juan Cole / Salon:
Iraq's worst week — and Bush's  —  The catastrophe in Iraq, the scope of which is now apparent to even the most disengaged observer, and his mishandling of the Dubai port issue have sent President George W. Bush's public approval ratings to the lowest of his presidency.
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 …
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
 
 
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NPR Bias: An Urban Myth?
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Rack and Ruin  —  The Supreme Court considers Anna Nicole's surprisingly real claims.
caycompass.com:
EU issues drawings statement
Khaleej Times:
'Controversy helped Europe understand Islam'
Discussion: Cold Fury and Hyscience
Hindrocket / Power Line:
FANTASY AT THE UN, AND IN PAKISTAN
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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