The West's insensitive handling of issues in the Ukraine created Russian President Vladimir Putin's version of the Cuban missile crisis.
Defiant crowds may destroy an old regime, but seldom do they build a new one that endures.
There could be no more dreadful idea than to pour more armaments into the sectarian war that is consuming Syria.
While Rome burned, Nero put on fancy dress, stood on a tower and played his lyre, writes Simon Jenkins.
Cellphones may at last be falling victim to etiquette, but this is largely because even talk is considered too intimate a contact.
The Norwegian tragedy is just that, a tragedy. It does not signify anything and should not be forced to do so.
What would you do this morning if you were a Greek? Would you agree to your government cutting public-sector jobs, pay and pensions?
It's for governments, not journalists, to guard public secrets and there's no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks' revelations, argues Simon Jenkins
Mission accomplished? The Iraq war did more than anything to alienate the Atlantic powers from the rest of the world.
Our way of life is threatened not by an al-Qaeda nutcase, but politicians like former US vice-president Dick Cheney in thrall to a fantasy war.