Archive for September, 2005

The wrong way to honour the heroes of Flight 93

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Flight 93 was the aircraft hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, in which some passengers cast off the passivity demanded by aviation authorities, banded together and attacked their hijackers. Their bravery, immortalized in the last known words of passenger Todd Beamer — “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll!” recorded over an open cellphone line — saved [...]

Divvying up the petro-dinars

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Iraq’s constitutional process has nearly foundered over several areas of dispute, including “federalism.” The federalist arrangements include apportionment of oil and natural gas revenues. Under the compromise proposed by Kurdish and Shiite negotiators representing the majority of Iraq’s population, natural resources belong to all Iraqis, and revenues from existing oil production would be distributed countrywide [...]