Events of the past week have underlined both the importance and pitfalls that beset discussion of international affairs. All areas of political and social life involve controversy and commitment: this is as true of debates on the family, the role of the state in the economy, education and the causes of crime.
We are witnessing this weekend one of the most epic events since the Second World War, certainly since Vietnam. I am not talking about the ruins of the World Trade Centre in New York and the grotesque physical scenes which we watched on 11 September, an atrocity which I described last week as a crime against humanity (of which more later).
They make alliances, the men who are clandestinely trying to change the Middle East. They break the rules of every intelligence agency, outfox the CIA and Mossad; they are the nightmare of every security man and every sub-editor. They lie about the extent of their power every bit as much as the spooks lie about them.
70'ler boyunca gittikçe bir çılgınlık haline gelen Disco 80'lerin başında kendini tüketti. Basın Disco'nun öldüğünü ilan etti ve bir "Disco Sucks" kampanyası başlattı. İnsanlar tuhaf bir şekilde Chicago'da Komishi parkında biraraya gelip eski Disco plaklarını yaktılar. Oysa Disco ölmemiş, çıkış noktası olan underground'a dönmüştü.
No one is sure if we are any closer to defeating Bin Laden, but already this war has produced plenty of winners - from the singer Enya to Lloyd's of London. A special report on the people and companies who have benefited from September 11 and events since then
Like all Americans, on Tuesday, 9-11, I was shocked and horrified to watch the WTC Twin Towers attacked by hijacked planes and collapse, resulting in the deaths of perhaps up to 10,000 innocent people.
The United States is in the midst of a recession that may well turn out to be the worst in 20 years, and the Republican-backed stimulus package will do little to improve the economy -- indeed it may make matters worse. In the short term, unemployment will continue to rise and output will fall.
It was chance that news of the departure of Anji Hunter from Tony Blair's side came in wartime but, as with every move she has made through all these years, it casts light on his character and the politics of the moment.
Near an abandoned Taliban bunker, Northern Alliance soldiers dragged a wounded Taliban soldier out of a ditch today. As the terrified man begged for his life, the alliance soldiers pulled him to his feet.
Last Wednesday, an Iraqi Airways Boeing 727 civilian airliner was climbing out from Basra, Iraq's southern port, when the ether crackled at 121.5 megahertz with an unmistakable American voice: "This is the United Nations [sic] no-fly zone enforcement patrol calling Iraqi airliner travelling at 21,000 feet proceeding at 400mph north-west from Basra. I warn you that you are subject to being fired upon - you continue to fly at your own risk."