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Archives by Tag 'Syria'
The Last Chance for Peace in Syria?
SHAMUS COOKE
The war in Syria grinds on, an endless ...
Ending One War
DAVID SWANSON
Remarks on September 21, 2013, at the Nashville Festival for Peace, Prosperity, and Planet. Thank you to Elizabeth Barger and the Nashville Peace and Justice Center and to all of you, and happy International Day of Peace! From a certain angle ...
How Obama Lost the First Battle for Damascus
FATHER DAVE SMITH
A good propaganda system aims at controlling the public dialogue, and in the marketing of war one technique that has proven very successful in recent years has been to encourage public debate about a proposed war, but to do so within a framework that already assumes the b...
10 Reasons Why Americans Opposed, and Averted, a US War on Syria
JANET WEIL
As I took part in rallies, marches, vigils, conference calls, personal conversations and meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area during the recent crisis over Syria, these are the reasons I heard that Americans opposed even a “limited” US strike on that country...
Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
LAWRENCE WITTNER
he apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used. That danger is highlighted by an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the...
The Endgame in Syria / Ending the Games in Syria
MUSA al-GHARBI AND ST MCNEIL
In philosophy circles, ...
Trust and Verify and Vomit
JOHN GRANT
The media didn’t waste time lining up US leaders to trash Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent op-ed...
Syria, Prepare Yourself for Rape!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Syria is next! She is already marked, cornered, psychologically ravished, and now petrified. She is tied, exposed, and told to expect the worst. She is where we tried to get her for years, where our regime has wanted her to be. Well, actually, not yet, she is not t...
“Go Tell It on the Mountain, From the Peaks of Qasioun!”
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus. At the height of the war scare here in early September, a group 9 primarily Sunni, Christian, and Alawite students and activists, led by a charismatic and agnostic pro-Hezbollah Lebanese Shia woman from Hermel in Lebanon’s North Bekaa Valley, s...
The Capitalist Caused Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
NICHOLAS ALBERT
The global elite and their underlings in the White House have been clamoring for a yet another “humanitarian” war by appealing to the emotions of the public. This time around, the target is not North Korea or Iran, but the Middle Eastern country of Syria—another nat...
Crises Today, Catastrophe Tomorrow
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
If one is inclined to make a list of worrisome trouble spots plaguing the world, there would be a lot to choose from: Syria, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir, Congo, Iran, those pesky disputed islands lying between China, Japan and the Phil...
Five Ways a Wider Syrian War Could Go Nuclear
HARVEY WASSERMAN
In the wake of an apparent break in the march to a wider war, the reality of a nuclear dimension in Syria remains largely unspoken. There are at least five key reasons why American military intervention in Syria’s civil war could go nuclear: (1) Th...
On Invoking Rwanda to Attack Syria
ANN GARRISON
President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Prime Minister David Cameron have all by now invoked Rwanda, 1994, as reason to drop Cruise Missiles on Syria, so I spoke to Paul Rusesabagina, whose autobiography, An Ordinary Man, became the Hollywood movie Hot...
In Historic First, American Empire is Blocked at the Starting Line
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s be clear here. The people of the US and the world have won a huge victory over a war-obsessed US government and an administration that was hell-bent on yet again launching a criminal war of aggression against a country that poses no threat to the US or its neighbo...
Syria: Immodest Proposals and Naked Emperors
MUSA al-GHARBI AND ST MCNEIL
In philosophy circles, ...
The Use and Misuse of Intelligence in Going to War
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been challenged by the role of intelligence in making the case for war against Iraq and Syria, respectively.  President Bush had a bad case to make because he wanted to go to war preemptively, which requires excellent intel...
Obama’s Case for Syria Didn’t Reflect Intel Consensus
GARETH PORTER
Contrary to the general impression in Congress and the news media, the Syria chemical warfare intelligence summary released by the Barack Obama administration Aug. 30 did not represent an intelligence community assessment, an IPS analysis and interviews with former intell...
The Geopolitical Syrian Puzzle
Dr. STANLY JOHNY
Saddam Hussein called the first Iraq war the “mother of all battles”. Wait a minute before you blame me for quoting a dead “despised dictator”. Look at today’s Middle East and North Africa. Barring some hit-and-run or run-after-being hit military campaigns...
John Kerry and the Orwellian Language of War
NATHAN GOODMAN
When is a war not a war? According to John Kerry, launching cruise missiles at Syria is not a war. Testifying before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said, “President Obama is not asking America to go to war.” Kerry’s arg...
‘Flooding the Zone’ with Bullshit on Syria
MUSA al-GHARBI AND ST MCNEIL
In philosophy circles, ...
Citizen “Street Teach-Ins” As the Obama Prepares to Bomb Syria
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus The Persians, whose bright, articulate students are well known internationally, and with whom this observer has been honored to discuss international politics on several occasions, may well have met their intellectual match in the Syrian Arabs. I ...
Let’s Cross-Examine Obama About His Case for Bombing Syria
BRIAN J. FOLEY
President Obama’s proposal to use military force against Syria, because its government allegedly used chemical weapons against rebels, reveals once again the need for some sort of process to test government claims for war. Right now, the decision is left to polit...
Obama Has No Authority to Attack Syria
PAUL FINDLEY
Despite his own recent statements to the contrary, President Barack Obama has no legal authority to assault the government of Syria even as “a warning shot.” Neither the United States Constitution, nor the War Powers Act of 1973 gives him such authorit...
Obama’s War Grows as Support Shrinks
SHAMUS COOKE
Some careful listening has exposed the lie that a U.S. attack (war) against Syria would be, as Obama put it, “a shot across the bow,” i.e. a “tiny war.” But even before the first missile is launched the birth of Obama’s baby war began to grow, and ...
Hypocrite in Chief
JASON HIRTHLER
A hypocrite’s work is never done. Thus the need for our Nobel Prize bearing Commander in Chief to execute a needless and devastating war of aggression on a country preoccupied by its own civil war. He should pin that prize to his lapel when he announces his surgical str...