Simon Jenkins

Iraq war: A $1-trillion catastrophe

Mission accomplished? The Iraq war did more than anything to alienate the Atlantic powers from the rest of the world.

Cheney and the apologists of torture distrust democracy

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.

Parallels with Nam

The reason for invading Afghanistan seemed like a good idea at the time. Simon Jenkins reports.

America is not the country I once knew

America seems much in need of Roosevelt's maxim to stop fearing fear itself. Virtually all comment on the Mumbai massacre has mentioned 9/11.

West’s impotence laid bare

Moscow has to take some of the blame. But it is the West's policy of liberal interventionism that has fuelled war in Georgia.

Sanctions against Zimbabwe are an empty gesture

Economic sanctions are a coward's war. They do not work but are a way in which rich elites feel they are "committed" to some distant struggle.

Playing the dictators’ game

Two dictators face two disasters, one is in China, the other in Burma. One is an earthquake, the other a flood. Tens of thousands are dead and millions at risk. Being dictatorial, both regimes responded in a manner heavy with the politics of sovereignty. In one case that helps people, in the other it kills them.

As Burma dies, world’s invaders sit on their hands

You don't have to be cynical to do foreign policy, but it helps. A sigh of relief rose over the West's chancelleries on Monday as it became clear that the Chinese earthquake was big -- big enough to trump Burma's cyclone. To add to the relief, Beijing was behaving better than it has over past calamities.

Policy won’t cut it

Was anything so old-fashioned as Labour's response to its drubbing at last week's polls? For the past four days the prime minister and his colleagues have sat stunned in a time warp. He appeared besuited on a Sunday television sofa, looking like a wet afternoon and talking about ''getting our message across'' and telling ''the truth about the Tories''.

White House race is a catalogue of ‘misspeakings’

The American presidential campaign has become a stumble along the Via Dolorosa. As the mob howls from the sidewalk, the candidates seem in a daze, falling to the ground every few steps. Mistakes, gaffes, leaks and 'misspeakings' form themselves into the Stations of the Cross, gradually defining the contest.

Magic maker

Hugh Masekela's gig tore apart the staid decorum of London's classical scene, writes Simon Jenkins.

Iraq: anarchy will go on until the US gets out

Britain should be so lucky. A top general grilled on the Iraq war by sceptical representatives of the people. An ambassador summoned to explain his policy before the cameras. Three detailed reports challenging the official line submitted to Congress. A nation in a ferment of debate.

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