There are two kinds of land mines: the kind that explodes when you step on it, and the kind that explodes when you take your foot off. Which kind is Iraq? How can it be defused?

Posted by David Ignatius on April 30, 2007 9:36 AM


Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is

Neighbors Won’t Step Up Until U.S. Gone

The situation in Iraq will eventually be resolved by Iraqis, but the presence of Americans will delay any serious attempts at a solution. American occupation remains the strongest argument for armed opposition, as well as the first excuse why other countries in the region don't help Iraq out.

Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 46 COMMENTS
May 4, 2007 at 4:33 PM
Yossi Melman is a senior commentator for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He specializes in intelligence, security, terrorism and strategic issues. An author of seven books on these topics, his most recent book, The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran was published recently by Carroll & Graf.

Lose-Lose Situation, Start Cutting Deals

Yossi Melman Tel Aviv, Israel | 158 COMMENTS
Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

Baghdad Walls No Vision for Future

Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 28 COMMENTS
Michael Young is the Opinion Editor and a columnist for Lebanon’s The Daily Star newspaper. He is also a contributing editor and contributor at Reason magazine, where he writes bi-weely articles.

America, It's Your Baby

Michael Young Beirut, Lebanon | 131 COMMENTS
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» AMviennaVA | Iraq is both. It exploded when we stepped on it. It will also explode after we stop stepping on it (when we leave). The only question is whether th...
» Tony | Nivedita's comments are entirely reasonable. The race is on(who will be first, The White House, The Pentagon or Fox News?) to blame the debacle on the...
» Nivedita | Unfortunately, Iraq is a mixture of both. The U.S. has this wonderful knack of meddling unnecessarily. It propped Saddam when it needed him, and then ...

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