Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

Is the barbarism we condemn the barbarism we commit? Chris Hedges discusses the line that separates the U.S. from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and how terror has become the engine of war.

We Don’t Have to Fight World War III in the Middle East

John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif have demonstrated that we don’t have to fight World War III in the Middle East with the framework of the nuclear deal. Diplomacy can work—war is not the only available policy tool.

States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

Obama Says US Won’t Send Any More Troops to Fight Islamic State, but Will...

President Obama has been stressing that he is playing a long game on the fight against Daesh. And now he's pledged to increased the country's attempts to combat Daesh’s online propaganda.

Requiem for the Home Front

Tom Engelhardt tells a little story about a bottle, a message, time, war (American-style), his mother and himself. Here's to Irma the caricaturist.

Perpetual War Creates Endless Consequences

War seems to be endless that no one speculates anymore about when it might conclude. Is it time we all plan for the never-ending war?

In Whose America?

Tom Engelhardt reflects on the state of America: machine Guns, MRAPs, surveillance, drones, permanent war and a permanent election campaign. Don’t be shocked—we, the people, are less in control of anything.

Who Counts?

Tom Engelhardt explores body counts, drones and “collateral damage” in the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare. But one question reigns supreme: Who counts?

Our Jihadis and Theirs

The “greatest threat” to Americans isn't the brutal jihadist movement happening thousands of miles away, it's armed life in this country. Tom Engelhardt discusses the real dangers of American life.

As al-Qaida Defeats ‘Moderate’ US Allies in Syria, Will the US Ally With al-Qaida?

President Obama has announced his new "complicated plan" to deal with ISIL and it involves training a "third force", therefore creating a Free Syrian Army to attack al-Qaeda and ISIL. But is this a practical option to fighting the radical extremists?