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Today: Tue, November 24 2015  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 International Relations
20 November 2015
Force Against ISIS is the Wrong Tactic
by Emma Ashford
 sub-topic» War

Acts of terrorism like those of recent days add to the impetus to do whatever we can to defeat ISIS. Yet the unfortunate truth is that a military defeat of ISIS today will not solve Syria’s problems, or prevent the rise of similar groups. Policymakers must lay the political and diplomatic groundwork for a stable post-conflict Syria first, before destroying ISIS. In doing so, perhaps they can finally short-circuit the cycle of violence that has dominated the Middle East in recent years.

17 November 2015
Has our Nobel Peace Prize President gone to war with Russia and Iran?
by Perry Willis
 sub-topic» War

Don't believe it? Think again. Senator John McCain has publicly advocated that U.S. weapons be used by Islamist Syrian rebels to shoot down Russian planes! But the insanity doesn't end there. Our so-called government is simultaneously...

  • Working with Iran to fight ISIS in Iraq
  • But opposing Iran who is fighting ISIS in Syria
Only politicians could concoct such a lunatic policy.

16 September 2015
"Peace Through Strength," And Other Lies
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» War

So it only stands to reason that most of the rest of the world sees the United States as the Hitler in today’s Munich scenario, and recognizes a crying need to deter it from further aggression. But the United States has a name for countries that try to develop the military capability to deter American attack: Threats.

25 August 2015
The business of war is the cause of war
by Sergey Baranov & Ethan Indigo Smith
 sub-topic» War

If you objectively and consistently observe the mainstream media and its interpretation of global events, its omissive and deceptive character soon becomes abundantly clear. This could hardly be called incompetence. The coverage, which is popularly called “news,” is in fact nothing but a propaganda mechanism, designed to persistently shape public opinion in favor of war.

25 June 2015
Let Us Salute the Flag
On the Nobility of Motives
by Fred Reed
 sub-topic» War

Aaaagh! Enough. I keep reading that I should Honor Our Troops. On airline flights, I am asked to applaud Our Young Men in Uniform. Why, for God’s sake? What have Our Troops done for me except cause me great embarrassment, cost money better spent on anything else, and kill millions of people that I have had no interest in killing? For this I am to thank them?

27 January 2015
The Troops Are Destroying Our Country
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» War

The troops have convinced themselves that they’re over there killing the people who would otherwise be coming over here to kill us. That’s ridiculous. If people wanted to come over here to kill us, they could easily circumvent the troops and come over here and kill us. The fact is that ever since 9/11 and even before, the troops, through their killing, torturing, maiming, and destroying, have been creating the very danger that U.S. officials have been using to destroy our freedom and well-being here at home.

01 October 2014
The Rush to Violence
by Craig Murray
 sub-topic» War

There can be no greater nonsense than the idea that the Caliphate poses a direct threat to the UK. This is even more crazy than the claim that Saddam Hussein posed a threat to the UK. But by seeking to join in the bombing campaign, and initiating a new round of fake “anti-terror” arrests in London, the British government is doing everything it possibly can do to try to provoke terrorist violence on British streets. The interests of the security state are therefore secured. I am longing for somebody to explain to me the precise mechanism by which our bombing Islamic countries helps prevent terrorist incidents in the UK. The way it can provoke such incidents seems to me too obvious to need stating. Indeed it says a great deal for the wisdom and tolerance of Britain’s Muslim communities that it has not provoked more. They could teach government a great deal about the good sense of not resorting to violence to gratify passions and earn short term acclaim.

26 September 2014
The Antimilitarist Libertarian Heritage
by Sheldon Richman
 sub-topic» War

With the United States on the verge of another war in the Middle East — or is it merely the continuation of a decades-long war? — we libertarians need to reacquaint ourselves with our intellectual heritage of peace, antimilitarism, and anti-imperialism. This rich heritage is too often overlooked and frequently not appreciated at all. That is tragic. Libertarianism, to say the least, is deeply skeptical of state power. Of course, then, it follows that libertarianism must be skeptical of the state’s power to make war — to kill and destroy in other lands. Along with its domestic police authority, this is the state’s most dangerous power. (In 1901 a libertarian, Frederic Passy, a friend of libertarian economist Gustave de Molinari, shared in the first Nobel Peace Prize.)

19 August 2014
If McCain and Graham Are So Concerned About ISIS, Why Did They Support Arming Them?
by Kevin Boyd
 sub-topic» War

As early as February 2012, both Senators called upon the Obama administration to arm the Syrian rebels. Now it was probably not the intention of both Senators to arm radical Islamic butchers who have slaughtered thousands across two countries, however ISIS has likely been the unintentional recipient of American weapons intended for the more “moderate” Free Syrian Army. The weapon shipments began last year, but the CIA has been working previously to help America’s Middle Eastern allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar ship weapons to Syria rebels. All of the U.S. military aid is supposed to go to “select moderate” rebel factions, however we shouldn’t put a whole lot of trust in the U.S. government’s ability to vet the Syrian rebels because when McCain went to Syria in May 2013, McCain accidentally met with known Syrian rebel kidnappers.

02 July 2014
Will History Repeat Itself in Iraq?
by Bob Bauman JD and Ted Baumann
 sub-topic» War

One hundred years later, another region that has been forcibly held together for centuries by various empires is on the verge of disintegration. Iraq and Syria, which were once Ottoman provinces, are in chaos as competing regional identities rooted in the distant past seek to carve them up and “cleanse” them ethnically. In a supreme irony, both nations had been unwillingly forced into existence by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, started on that hot June day on the Appel Quai in Sarajevo. History’s circle is complete.

06 December 2013
Tyrannosaurus Pentagonus: The Road to Extinction
by Justin Raimondo
 sub-topic» War

Aside from the moral dimension, the problem with militarism is the same as the problem with socialism: central planners are clueless because they are blind to price signals. Since there is only one "market" for their "product," and since they have in effect an unlimited amount of tax dollars to spend, there is no incentive for the Pentagon to put its financial affairs in order: they have a blank check that the bank (you and I) is obligated to cash. Yes, Pentagon officials who have neglected to straighten out their account ledgers are in violation of the law – but are we really going to arrest them for failing to comply?

14 September 2013
Syria: Don't go there
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» War

Today, we have not only Russia and China opposed to military action in Syria, but the United Nations Secretary General, the Pope, and (for what it’s worth) the EU. We also have the majority of public opinion opposed, not only in the UK, but even in the two countries whose governments are gung-ho for war: the USA and France.

09 September 2013
Empress Pelosi's New Clothes
by Justin Raimondo
 sub-topic» War

This Bourbon conceit animates the leadership of both parties, and the entire Washington establishment, whether they come down on the "left" or the "right" side of the aisle: the idea that America’s political class is uniquely entitled and indeed destined by fate to determine the course of world events is the central canon of the political class. They blithely refer to the "world order" imposed by Washington the way parents assume the inherent rightness of a desire to control the behavior of their errant progeny.

07 September 2013
The Twisted Premises Implicit in the Drive for War
by Anthony Gregory
 sub-topic» War

The hidden premise, of course, is that the U.S. government necessarily must intervene, bomb, wage war, and inflict mass bloodshed as a remedy to foreign horrors. It is taken for granted that nonintervention is no option, which assumes that U.S. intervention tends to cause more good than bad, or is worth the effort even if it sometimes fails. This premise is steeped in a cold utilitarianism and stands in tension with the actual results of U.S. policy over the last few decades. The utter calamity that has unfolded in Iraq should guide even those who philosophically embrace intervention toward a realistic advocacy of U.S. restraint. Even if humanitarian war were not a total oxymoron, the United States in particular deserves a prolonged time-out. It has in the last fifty years left behind millions of corpses piled under a thousand broken promises, and so a 50-year moratorium on further American wars would seem like a reasonable goal, rather than starting yet another war even as the chaotic and inhumane consequences of interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya continue to unfold.

03 September 2013
Why is the U.S. Destabilizing One Country After Another?
by Michael S. Rozeff
 sub-topic» War

Sixth, the military-industrial complex and its lobbies on the Hill thrive on the profits, the work of war, the advancements, and the demand for their services that instability brings. The DHS thrives on an atmopshere of war and fear. Members of Congress thrive on making speeches about promoting rights and democracy, even though they are promoting war, instability, refugees and death. The State Department appears to have abandoned diplomacy and become subservient to the neocon influences.

12 May 2013
The Essence of Society is Peacemaking
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
 sub-topic» War

Our warmakers believe they are exempt from normal moral rules. Because they are at war, they get to suspend all decency, all the norms that govern the conduct and interaction of human beings in all other circumstances. The anodyne term “collateral damage,” along with perfunctory and meaningless words of regret, are employed when innocent civilians, including children, are maimed and butchered. A private individual behaving this way would be called a sociopath. Give him a fancy title and a nice suit, and he becomes a statesman.

Let us pursue the subversive mission of applying the same moral rules against theft, kidnapping, and murder to our rulers that we apply to everyone else.

21 April 2013
Blowback at Boston?
by Jacob C. Hornberger
 sub-topic» War

People over there are saying to the Pentagon and the CIA:

Go home. Leave us alone. Close your military bases. Cease your sanctions, embargoes, coups, invasions, occupations, regime-change operations, threats, kidnapping, incarceration, prison camps, torture, and support of our dictators. Just go home and deal with your own problems.

On the other hand, the U.S. national-security state says:

Not on your life. We are the U.S. national-security state. We are a force for good in the world. We are here to help you. We have the right to do so. We have the right to bring you democracy and freedom and order and stability. We have the right to support your dictators, oust your rulers and install new ones, sanction and embargo you, kidnap, incarcerate, and torture you, and assassinate you. We are here to stay. You are free to protest to your heart’s content. But the minute you try to force us to return home, we will bomb, shoot, arrest, incarcerate, torture, execute, or assassinate you and anyone standing near you.

23 January 2013
Statue for Brian Haw
by Amanda Ward
 sub-topic» War

With our rights to protest being eroded a bronze statue in Parliament Square would be a symbol the government couldn’t ignore. A hero for peace instead of war.

15 January 2013
by Elizabeth Sanders
 sub-topic» War

Such a policy transformation will require a massive popular campaign—a movement here and abroad to restore the international law that American activists (and a few past presidents) worked so hard to construct. There are no more serious assaults on the laws of war and human rights than those led by the president of the most powerful country on earth. If the United States can hunt down suspected militants and assassinate them from remote-controlled drones, other countries will perceive that they have the right to do so as well.?Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative, a more sophisticated and secular rendering of the Golden Rule, should be posted in the oval office: “Act in such a way that the principle according to which the action is performed can be accepted as a universal law.”

14 January 2013
War Addiction Default
by Dave Lindorff
 sub-topic» War

I thought for a moment, trying to come up with a simple way to explain the peculiar politics of a fake democracy where two equally pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist parties vie with genuine bitterness for patronage spoils and legal bribes, all the while ignoring the real wishes and needs of the public, and then it hit me: it is really all about US militarism and the unwillingness of the either of the two political parties to admit honestly to the American people how much they are being gouged to allow the US government and its corporate owners to continue in their attempt to control the world.