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The victory camp; Iraq pullout not a solution

Jan 30, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee two weeks ago, the panel’s chairman, Sen. Joe Biden, Delaware Democrat, said, “I believe the president’s strategy is not a solution.” The crowds of anti-war protesters around the Capitol on Saturday don’t have the solution either. Nor did the Senate, with its vote on a non-binding resolution condemning President Bush’s new strategy. The anti-war camp must accept that it is not possible to undo the war.

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Silence is a killer; Slaying of journalist shames Turkey

Jan 23, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

“I may see myself as frightened as a pigeon, but I know that in this country people do not touch pigeons,” wrote Hrant Dink, the beloved Armenian Turkish journalist, in his last column on Friday. Today, thousands will attend his funeral service in Istanbul, expressing their pain at his murder and their shame over losing him, the first Armenian-Turk to fall victim to a political murder. Turks have also taken to the streets to support “freedom of speech” at this magnitude for the first time in the republic’s history.

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Moderate model; Tunisia’s lessons for the Middle East

Jan 16, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: TUNIS, Tunisia.

As I stood last week in front of the world’s oldest minaret in the great mosque of Kairouan, Tunisia, I felt more frustrated than ever about the talk of “clash of civilizations.” Here, the columns of the prayer hall were Roman and Byzantine Christian structures. The Star of David was even incorporated into the inside decor. A mosque is obviously a most holy place for Muslims. But those who are intolerant and isolationist would be very uncomfortable in this environment, which is a monument to how much the Abrahamic religions share, and a reminder of how wrongly they have been used in politics for centuries.

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A new ‘way forward’; But sectarian conflict won’t ebb

Jan 9, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Bush criticized the way Saddam Hussein’s execution was handled, saying, “I wish, obviously that the proceedings had gone in a more dignified way.” The administration had also denounced the publication of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, calling them “offensive to the beliefs of Muslims.” At the time, the State Department warned that freedom of speech comes with responsibility. In the case of Saddam’s execution, the Iraqi government has acted even more irresponsibly, turning it into an act of revenge and making it a catalyst for even more sectarian violence.

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Iraq in context; Solution to violence involves regional players

Jan 2, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

“We are not winning, we are not losing,” said President Bush recently of the war in Iraq.
Mr. Bush continues to believe that “victory in Iraq is achievable.” Many Americans and many Muslims in the region, however, believe the opposite. They blame American officials for poor post-war planning and now they blame the United States for planting the seeds of a regional war.

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