Very Special Forces
American political journalists tends to pooh-pooh generals on the way out and coo over them on the way in, much the same way business journalists persuade themselves that one Harvard…
Big in Somalia
Online Somali pirates have hijacked my May Harper’s feature, “Jesus Killed Mohammed,” excerpted “exclusively” (no more) here on Killing the Buddha. A publication called Garowe has re-published the piece —…
U.S. Army Chaplain: “We hunt people for Jesus.”
“Special forces guys, they hunt men, basically. We do the same thing as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. Hunt ’em down.” That’s Lt. Colonel Gary Hensley, who at the…
The Mysteries of Torture
One doesn’t often look to Keith Olbermann for revelation of religion in the public sphere, but he inadvertently exposes the raw nerve at the heart of the “debate” over torture.…
The Collector’s Lair, part 1
An atheist descends into the underworld of the Israeli antiquities trade.
Relics & Renovations
One of the reasons KtB has seemed dead these past few months is that we (some of us, anyway) were off on a lengthy Near Eastern adventure. We spent much…
Living with the Enemy
An American woman residing at a hotel in Baghdad sends word to friends back home of the horror and beauty she bears witness to.
Dear Doctor Ullman
An email exchange with Harlan Ullman uncovers the doubts of a defense intellectual.
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