Mum's the Word
Wall Street Journal
The Queen Mother's letters chronicle a century spent at the center (or top) of ... This astounding statistic is from William Shawcross's officialbiography
Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2012
A Diamond Jubilee History: 1952-56
One of my earliest memories is of my mother crying in our garden. When I asked why, she replied “The King has died”. It was February 6 1952; her grief was shared across the country and for a month afterwards she and millions of others wore black arm bands in mourning.
The Times, May, 2012
Murdoch the brave
Murdoch has been the bravest media owner in Britain in the last 40 years
I've had problems with his tabloids' excesses, but let's not forget that until Rupert Murdoch's victory at Wapping, newspapers were dying
The Guardian, May, 2012
Some reflections on Justice and the Enemy
In November 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he would put Khaled Sheikh Mohammed on trial in Manhattan and immediately drew protests from New Yorkers who did not relish a return visit of al Qaida in any fashion.
Powerlineblog.com, January, 2012
Justice and the Enemy: The Case for Guantanamo
Pre-trial proceedings against Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 suspects held in Guantanamo are likely to begin as early as March. As arguments continue to rage today over Obama's reversal of his commitment in 2009 to put these suspects on trial in U.S. federal courts, distinguished author and historian William Shawcross offers a defense of Obama's decision. In an excerpt from his just-released book, JUSTICE AND THE ENEMY: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Shawcross draws lessons from the famous trials of Nazi war criminals, over which his father, Hartley, presided as lead prosecutor.
Huffington Post, January 17, 2012
Terror on Trial
Expect to hear a lot about Nuremberg in the months ahead. The war-crimes trials of leading Nazis, begun in that German city in 1945, will form an important subtext as we approach the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of 9/11, and his associates. The pretrial proceedings at Guantánamo may start as soon as March.
Wall Street Journal, 7 January, 2012
Murdoch - you’ll miss him when he’s gone
Beware of what you wish for. If Murdoch’s business is destroyed, the diversity of British media will suffer seriously. Who might gather up the wreckage of the Times? Well, maybe Oleg Deripaska.
The Spectator, July 16th, 2011
Not everything Murdoch has done is from the dark side
Peter Oborne should have considered Rupert Murdoch more carefully before writing him off as someone from "the sewer" with whom "no Prime Minister should be seen dead"
Letter to the Daily Telegraph, 9th July, 2011
William Shawcross says that the media mogul gets up the noses of the chattering classes for doing the right thing.
Standpoint, December 2010
Winston knew it was duff
A famous commentator from the BBC was contemptuous when I recently told him I would be voting against A.V, the alternative vote, in the referendum on May 5th.
“If you’re against AV, you’re an enemy of progress,” he said. “An enemy of progress.”
What arrogant nonsense!
The Sun, 18 April, 2011
Lessons From Nuremberg
GEORGE ORWELL is usually a footsure guide across political battlegrounds. In late 1943, when the tide had turned in the Allies’ favor, he wrote about postwar trials. Oddly, he advocated Hitler and Mussolini slipping away.
The New York Times, 9 April, 2011
Obama has gone Awol, just when it matters most
The fecklessness of President Obama threatens the core international relationship — the Western alliance — on which the freedom and prosperity of the postwar world has been built. The crisis is coming to a head in the maelstrom of Libya.
The Times, 26 March, 2011
Bush, Blair, Iraq and Obama
...the criticisms of President Bush and Tony Blair are often hysterical and disproportionate, particularly in regard to Iraq and the post 9/11 “war on terror”.
Are the sponsors of the mosque wise?
Enthusiasm for the Islamic centre and mosque near Ground Zero (Editorial Comment, August 17) is misplaced. It is not just easy hate figures of the right such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich who are opposed to this mosque – CNN’s poll showed 70 per cent of Americans to be against it and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, has joined them. President Barack Obama has shilly-shallied.
Financial Times, 24 August, 2010
The victory of Coleman prison’s famous professor, Conrad Black
They had a party in Coleman prison, north Florida on June 24. The guest of honour was the prison's most famous inmate, Conrad Black, Lord Black of Coldharbour, former media mogul. The occasion was a unanimous decision by the US Supreme Court that day which called into question Black's 2008 conviction on fraud.
Evening Standard, 6 July, 2010
An irrational, obscene hatred
Israel is a cartoon villain, beyond sympathy, beyond even redemption. What is shocking – and frightening – is that the narrative the world accepts is always that of Israel as the evildoer.Jerusalem Post, 8 June , 2010
Even Obama holds Israel to a double standard
"Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz." That was the response from the "peace flotilla" when the Israelis broadcast a radio message warning the Turkish ships that they were about to enter an area under naval blockade.
Washington Examiner, 7 June, 2010
Why Bush and Blair were right about Iraq
Iraq is, even in its present condition, a rebuke to the dynasties and dictatorships of the Arab world'
Evening Standard, 5 March, 2010
Democratic dawn in Iraq
The Guardian, 3 February, 2009
Obama has a dream but he is no Messiah
The Sun, 30 October 2008
Vietnam era adversaries came together over Iraq
Wall Street Journal, 28 August, 2008
Democratic candidates' stance on Iraq
letter to Financial Times, London, January 22, 2008
We are at war with hatred, fanaticism and despair
The Spectator, January 5, 2008
Bush's Iraq/Vietnam speech
How we are beating al-Qaeda
The Sun, August 07, 2007
Killing fields - then and now
Powerline, August 23, 2007
Now, more than ever, Britain must stay in Iraq
Defeat's Killing Fields
New York Times, June 7, 2007
Remember: for Cambodia, read Iraq
The Times, 3 March, 2007
The West Must Show it is the Strong Horse
Spectator, 30 December, 2006.
Stark reminder from Bush
It took President Bush to tell the truth to Britain about the massive plot to blow US bound airliners out of the sky.
Wall Street Journal and Jerusalem Post, 13 August 2006
It's no time to quit Iraq - we're winning
William Shawcross reports from Basra on how Britain is training a new Iraqi army - but warns against too early a handover
The Sunday Times, May 21, 2006
Peace is not the answer
Calls to end Iraq's bloodshed are hardly noble when those who would triumph slaughter teachers as children weep.
Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2005
Why the U.S. had no alternative.
The American Spectator, September 2005
George Galloway, friend of Saddam
Independent, September 22, 2005
Coalition support in Iraq
The Times, Thursday, August 18, 2003
The force behind fanatics
The Guardian, Tuesday August 16, 2005
Why the media is critical of Galloway
The Guardian, Saturday May 14, 2005
Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2005.
The Iraqi people will defy the Ba'athists and Islamofascists.
Blair is right. Why aren't more democrats backing these elections?
The Guardian, Monday January 24, 2005
America's Man at the United Nations
New York Times Op-Ed, December 4, 2004
Iraq's liberators should be proud
The Australian, Edition 1 - All-round Country
Friday 8 October, 2004
WMD did pose a threat
The Guardian, Wednesday July 21 2004
Darfur's agony is world's shame
Financial Times, May 20, 2004
We're not Bush's poodles: we're fighting on the right side of history
Times Online - Comment, April 2004
Nurture the seeds of civil society in Iraq
Financial Times, April 5 2004
The UN murderers must never be allowed to achieve their aim
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2003
Profile by Ed Vulliamy
The Observer Sunday July 13, 2003
Hard Jobs Require U.S. Power
Los Angeles Times, 20 April 2003.
Wall Street Journal, 10 April 2003
Why does anyone think the UN wants to rebuild and run Iraq?
The Independent, 27 March 2003
After Iraq: America and Europe
2003 HarkneLecture, King's College, London, 27 March 2003
Could this become the next Vietnam?
Evening Standard, 25 March 2003
Blair Is Right About Saddam
The Independent, 3 March 2003
Why Saddam will never disarm
The Iraqi leader is prepared to go to any lengths to hold on to his deadly weapons
The Observer, 23 February , 2003
The Selfish Men Wrecking NATO
Just when Iraq seemed to be responding to the threat of force, France and Germany answer Saddam's prayers and destabilise the plan
Evening Standard, 10 February 2003.
European Israeli Dialogue
European Attitudes to Israel
Berlin 14-15 December 2002
Why this paper is wrong about Bush and Blair's stance on Iraq
Attacks on the premier and the president are ignorant and simplistic.
Independent on Sunday, 9 February 2003
Battling for Israel's future
William Shawcross meets Amram Mitzna, the new leader of Israel's Labour Party, who is offering voters stark choices as he seeks to end the violence.
Saga, February 2002
Iraq - Act Now Before It's Too Late
Western Morning News
13 January 2003
Kofi Annan - The Man To Save The World?
Portrait of Director General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan
Saga Magazine, November 2002
The Last Icon
Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II
Vanity Fair, June 2002.
When Kofi met Saddam
An account of a meeting between Kofi Annan and Saddam Hussein in 1998 giving a unique insight into the Iraqi leader's negotiating style.
The Sunday Telegraph, September 2002
This Is a New Kind of War
Al Queda and the war on terror
Evening Standard, 15 October 2002
Let's Take Him Out
The threat to the world posed by Saddam Hussein's rule of terror
The Guardian, 1 August 2002