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America’s justification for violent regime change has swung over the years from halting the spread of communism to stopping ethnic cleansing and instilling democracy. Since Sept. 11, it has a new motive: the war on terrorists.

As the war on Iraq got down to business last week with the heaviest air bombardments in 10 years, the Bush administration’s dillydallying over North Korea made diplomatic resolution of that crisis increasingly difficult.

US special forces have been on the ground inside Iraq since September, monitoring the oil fields and rigs for booby traps and minefields, US officials told the Globe earlier this month.

Does Tony [Blair] have the slightest conception of what the flies are like, the big bluebottles that feed on the dead of the Middle East?