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Only Republicans Can Save Us Now
ANDREW LEVINE
In Gulliver’s Travels (1726), Jonathan Swift has his hero say of the inhabitants of Brobdingnag: “I cannot but conclude that the Bulk of your Natives, to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface o...
Humanitarian Intervention
AJAMU BARAKA
With the announcement by the Obama administration that it intends to launch an attack on Syria in response to the chemical attack alleged to have been carried out by the Syrian government, the U.S. Administration has again assumed for itself the role of ...
In Diaspora
RAOUF J. HALABY
When Katrina, in a frightfully furious and maliciously malevolent destructive act of nature gone mad descended on the Gulf Coast on August 23,  2005, she left in her wake tens of thousands of displaced refugees who sought sanctuary and shelter in Louisiana, Arkansas, Okl...
The Effective Path To Controlling Chemical Weapons Is Not War
KEVIN ZEESE
The most effective deterrent against the use of chemical weapons is not the mass bombing of Syria, an action that would be illegal under international law and counterproductive, but to use the international legal system that has been built since World War I and ...
Imagining Syria
MISSY BEATTIE
After Charles died, I tried to convince friends and acquaintances that complaining—squandering even a minute of happiness—is an extravagance they’d regret. Eventually I realized that death of a spouse or loved one couldn’t be understood until it’s experienced. M...
Not a Step in the Right Direction
MICHAEL BOLDIN
In response to heavy public opposition to a unilateral executive war against Syria (yes, limited strikes on another country are certainly a ...
Should Russia Attack Colombia?
NICK ALEXANDROV
The President and Secretary of State are making “a largely moral case for a retaliatory response” in Syria, New York Times editors asserted recently. And Obama declared Wednesday that “the international community’s credibility is on the line,” since it was “th...
Obama’s “Red Line” and Children
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
We readily identify with children anywhere because they bring out the humanness in us. That is, they remind us of our own childhood: when we also were dependent, vulnerable, innocent, curious, inquiring, spontaneous, honest, trusting—our humanity not yet “socialized...
Stovepipe of Corporatism Cooking
STEPHEN MARTIN
Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war -Shakespeare Emboldened through the recent ‘decision’ concerning no unilateral attacking ...
Will 1000 American ‘Human Shields’ Stop Another Criminal War?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus A sort of roller coaster atmosphere pervades Damascus these days with “good” and “bad” news rising and falling, often by the quarter hour. Much of the population is monitoring closely the news and quickly expressing their interpretations o...
War Profiteers, Slavery and the Hypocrisy of Imperialism
NATHAN GOODMAN
Across the world, people are protesting against US intervention in Syria. Polls show widespread skepticism of the impending war. Rather than making Americans safer, intervention is likely to support forces connected to al Qaeda. Yet it still seems inevitable that the US g...
A Brutal Arrest of Iraq War Vet at Anti-Syria Rally
DAVE LINDORFF
The US has yet to launch President Obama’s latest war crime of massively bombing Syria (a country that does not threaten this nation) and already federal police thugs, in this case National Parks Service Rangers, have violently arrested an Iraq War Veteran who was peace...
A Modest Proposal for Syria
DAVID SWANSON
It is a melancholy object to those who view videos of Damascus, when they see the streets, the roads, and doorways, crowded with the bodies of those reportedly killed with the wrong weapons by the wrong people. I think it is agreed by all parties that this 1,000 or...
Supporting al-Qaeda a Week Before 9/11
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
In a twist of irony that has escaped mainstream commentators, one week away from 9/11, the US is considering a course of action that will empower al-Qaeda; i.e., bombing Syria. As terror expert Evan Kohlmann ...
Your Munich Moment, Their Reichstag Fire
KATHLEEN WALLACE
John Kerry is at it again. His grizzled visage notwithstanding (hey, it scares me)- the man just wasn’t quite able to stir up the critical mass for fear with traditional mongering. So he played the Nazi card. Godwin’s Law did not apply in this case, as he brou...
Obama Backs Down, A Little
ANDREW LEVINE
On President Obama’s proposed hit and run intervention into the Syrian civil war, there are, as Donald Rumsfeld might say, “the known knowns; …things that we know. There are known unknowns; …things that we now know we don’t know. And there are also unknown unkno...
Syria Countdown
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus The morning following President Obama’s announcement he would not bomb Syria immediately, the streets of Damascus were packed with shoppers and employees heading to their jobs. Several reasons for this were mentioned by my friend, Eyman. Some Da...
Obama Decides It’s Safer To Buy Congress Than To Go It Alone
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
While still claiming dictatorial powers to start a war on his own authority, Obama put his unilateral attack on Syria on hold when he received a letter from more than 160 members of the House of Representatives reminding him that to take the country to war without congres...
How the U.S. Left is Failing Over Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
It’s now painfully clear that Obama’s war on Syria is a replay of Bush’s march to war in Iraq, both built on lies. Zero evidence has been put forth that proves the Syrian government used chemical weapons. On the contrary, ...
Obama’s and Kerry’s Big Lie
DAVE LINDORFF
The document released on the White Hou...
Who Really Crossed the Red Line?
ALESSANDRA BAJEC
The momentum for war seems to have slowed down as President Obama turns to Congress to get the go-ahead for military action against Syria. Despite Obama’s surprise U-turn on Syria, the US administration is said to retain ‘its right’ to strike regardless of a vote in...
Caveman Credibility and its Costs
DAVID SWANSON
Sending a bunch of $3 million missiles into Syria to blow stuff up will kill a great many men, women, and children ...
Syria, “Credibility” and Historical Amnesia
COREY PEIN
My grandfather, who helped raise me, was not a weepy guy. That almost goes without saying for men of his age and background: second-generation German, a butcher’s son, who grew up during the Great Depression in a tiny, remote town near the Canadian border. But I ...
The Lie of “Limited” War Against Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
The rats are jumping ship. Obama’s strongest allies can’t stomach the stench of lies that are the foundation of the war effort against Syria. Even England, whose entire foreign policy is reduced to asking “how high?” when the U.S. says “jump...
Obama Backs Down, Seeks Congressional Okay for Syria Attack
DAVE LINDORFF
The forces arrayed in Washington propelling the nation into a war against Syria, including the Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, the cabal of neo-conservative pundits and “think” tanks, whose ranks include President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, the arms in...