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Ed: 33: April/2008

Essay: Radical Evolution

Government officials, scholars, and analysts continue to debate the extent to which al-Qaeda's central leadership remains relevant to today's battle against terrorism. After US forces eliminated the group's safe haven in Afghanistan in late 2001, many argued that al-Qaeda had transformed into a decentralised organisation with little vertical hierarchy

Media Microscope: Latest from Ramsey Street

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Alan Ramsey has become known for writing his articles by quoting at length and endorsing those with whom he agrees - as well as for his vitriolic attacks on Israel. So the occasion of the parliamentary motion congratulating Israel on its 60th anniversary could not be allowed to pass without a Ramsey classic.

Editorial: Gaza Cannot Be Ignored

Late on the night of March 6, a Palestinian terrorist entered a Jerusalem yeshiva and unleashed a hail of bullets from a machine gun, killing eight Jewish students and wounding 11 others. The attack was the worst terrorist attack in a major Israeli city in two years.

The Last Word: Everyone’s Problem

Petra Pau, a parliamentarian from Germany's Left Party, was one of many presenters who made the 2008 Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism an important, unique event.

Scribblings: Map-wiping, revisited

Readers may recall that a while back I took on a piece of misinformation being widely circulated, namely, claims that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had never said ?Israel should be wiped off the map? as widely reported.

Europa Europa: The French Connection

The French have given the world savoir faire and joi de vivre. But right now, as far as Israel is concerned, it's d?ja vu all over again. France and Israel were best buddies for almost 20 years after the Jewish state was founded in 1948. The French provided Israel with arms, planes, patrol boats and, whisper it not, a nuclear reactor.

Counterinsurgency 101

Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno took command of Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) on December 14, 2006. Iraq was in flames. Insurgents and death squads were killing 3,000 civilians a month. Coalition forces were sustaining more than 1,200 attacks per week.

The Gaza Rocket War

Israel's ground incursion into the Gaza Strip that began on March 1, 2008 should not have triggered much international debate. After all, for more than seven years Palestinian terrorist organisations have been intentionally firing rockets indiscriminately against Israeli civilian targets, especially at the Israeli town of Sderot which has absorbed roughly 45 percent of the nearly 3,000 attacks that have been launched.

Left in the Lurch?

It?s been sixteen years since Meretz's finest moment, when the party won a solid one-tenth of the electorate, as part of the Israeli Left?s most decisive electoral victory since the time of Golda Meir.