Journalist and writer Robert Fisk is the leading reporter and correspondent of the British daily The Independent in the Middle East. He is the author of Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War and The Great War for Civilization: the Conquest of the Middle East.
BBC Special Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen was censured for a piece which he wrote for the BBC website last June under the headline "Six days that changed the Middle East", attempting to give context to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by analysing the events of the 1967 Six Day War. Bowen referred to "Zionism’s innate instinct to push out the frontier" and wrote that Israel showed a "defiance of everyone’s interpretation of international law except its own".
The story about the cartoons has nothing to do with what has been called the issue of Islam versus secularism. The fact is that Muslims live with their religion in their daily lives, culture, but not us. They have preserved their faith beyond countless historical vicissitudes. We, on the contrary, have abandoned our faith. Therefore, this conflict implies the “West against Islam” and not the “Christians against Islam” – because there are not many Christians in Europe. And we cannot come out of (...)
On April 4, 2003, I was on the terrace roof of Al Jazeera‘s office in Baghdad. Blazing buildings and columns of black smoke delineated the horizon when I saw a cruise missile loomed up over the Tigris, whizzed by beneath one of the bridges and disappeared in the distance. I went downstairs searching for the office head – Jordan Palestinian Tariq Ayub – and told him that he probably headed the most dangerous office in the history of mankind. It would be easy for the Americans to stop his (...)
We are all complicit in these vile acts of torture - but what can we do about it? If our government uses information drained out of these creatures, it is we who are holding the whips.
I still have my notes from a man who knew all about torture, a Druze friend in the 1980s, during the Lebanese war, pleased with himself because he’d just caught two Christian militiamen trying to plant a car bomb on the Beirut seafront. "I saw two Phalangists over there. I knew who they were. They had a (...)