"THE NEXT BATTLE
The War Is Not Yet Won Take the offensive against Baghdad - and Damascus, Tehran and Riyadh.
On Dec. 6, 1941, World War II was already in full swing. As with the Japanese airstrikes on Pearl Harbor, the Sept. 11 attack brought Americans into a pitched battle over the future of Western civilization--one that the U.S. had ignored for too long.
As in World War II, the war waged by terrorists began with attacks on Jews. Any attempt to separate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the war on terror is futile. Once again momentum is building toward a Middle East peace push, but I'm convinced it is hopeless to look for a separate solution to the Middle East crisis before we achieve victory in the war on terror.
As in the 1930s, every delay in prosecuting this war will raise the price of victory, not just in terms of lives lost in the Palestinian conflict, but also of Westerners who will be targeted. Conventional wisdom says that victory against terrorists will require decades. I don't believe it will take anywhere near that long.
No, Mr. Kasparov doesn't need "more money": he's a wealthy person, having profitably played chess until younger competitors pushed him out of the game. Now, living in a bubble and increasingly resembling mad (and maddening) Vladimir Lenin in his last years of the European exile, Kasparov has made his personal hatred for Putin political philosophy.
What can he offer to the thousands of people who happened to stroll down the Nevsky Prospect last Saturday? "Russia without Putin?", as one of the banners over the protest crowd demanded? And then what?
Mr. Kasparov will soon be heading for New York City: to see his wife and newly-born baby who permanently live there, to write editorials for WSJ, and to plan, surely, new "protest actions." If anything bothers him, it's not "raising prices" in St. Petersburg."
Exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky claimed yesterday that he was funding one of the most outspoken opposition groups to President Vladimir Putin, almost certainly increasing strains between the UK and Moscow, report Jimmy Burns in London and Neil Buckley in Moscow.
The London-based billionaire told the FT that he was helping finance the Other Russian Coalition, as he launched his latest attack on Mr Putin and the alleged involvement of the Russian state in the murder in London of Alexander Litvinenko.
Statt die Partnerschaft zu vertiefen wie früher, haben wir heute eine Krise an allen Fronten. Schuld ist die falsche Innenpolitik in Russland. Moskau führt die gemeinsamen Werte, die Russland und die EU verbinden, ad absurdum.