Thirty years ago today, eight F16-A aircraft armed with sixteen Mark 84 2000-pound bombs took off from their base in Etzion, Israel on a mission that established a new post-World War II standard to halt the spread of atomic weapons.
It is clear to see why investors place so much emphasis on the oil price as a dictator of Russia's financial health. Supplying some 11.4% of the world's oil supply last year, Russia is the "biggest single source outside the OPEC cartel."
Pakistanis may hail A.Q. Khan as the father of the "Islamic bomb," but what is generally not mentioned is that his PhD is in metallurgical engineering. He was not involved with the actual design, development and testing of Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
Did Eichmann and Hussein receive true justice by appearing in courts of law and sentenced to death under the rule of law? Was Osama bin Laden notably and unceremoniously treated to a revenge killing for his crimes?
I don't want to remember the youthful Bin Laden sitting with a microphone in his hand and an AK 47 by his side, preaching his hate. I'm sure that the moment I see the gruesome pictures, that is the way I'll remember him.
Would the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan come to a halt more quickly if we could see hundreds of thousands of tombstones, military and civilian, spreading hill after hill, field after field, across our landscape?
In 10 years of war, young, wide-eyed recruits have become grizzled veterans, and very few events would seem to let them feel we are making true progress. For our troops, last night offers a morale boost.