What Should Be Progressive or Humanitarian Response to Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria?

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 2:55 pm

The increasing consensus, despite the lack of incontrovertible proof, is that a chemical attack took place in Syria that killed hundreds of innocent people and the Syrian government was behind it. It is impossible to be one hundred percent certain that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government launched a chemical attack, but since it is known that Syria has a stockpile of chemical weapons, this event demonstrates that Syria could use them again if there is no response to the suspected chemical attack.


Liberal Calls for US to Arm Syrian Rebels Escalate After Israeli Strikes

By: Monday May 6, 2013 10:40 am

Since Israel launched air strikes in Syria last week, more and more liberal supporters of greater United States intervention are presenting arguments they have developed to support advocacy for arming rebel groups.

New York Times columnist and former executive editor, Bill Keller, argues President Barack Obama needs to “get over” the Iraq invasion that did not uncover any weapons of mass destruction. “I fear prudence has become fatalism, and our caution has been the father of missed opportunities, diminished credibility and enlarged tragedy,” Keller writes.

NATO to Occupy Chicago

By: Monday May 14, 2012 10:20 am

Worldwide heads of the National Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), military generals, heads of state from the alliance’s twenty-eight member countries will be coming to Chicago for a summit on May 20-21. The city will be put on lockdown all so the military arm of the G8—a group that can dial up a “humanitarian intervention” or [...]

Why Most Wars Are ‘Humanitarian Interventions’

By: Sunday April 15, 2012 11:50 am

With the increasing possibility of some kind of intervention in Syria looming, a University of Chicago panel tried to unpack how liberal thought and Western power politics often are used to mask the unsavory aspects of what many usually call “humanitarian intervention.” The speakers mentioned the Arab Spring, the war in Libya and went into detail on how military intervention is employed in the name of human rights.

Human Rights Watch Alleges Abuses by Opposition Groups in Syria

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 7:15 pm

There are reports that Saudi Arabia has sent military equipment to aid the rebels in the Free Syrian Army, according to an anonymous diplomat for the Arab nation. But who the “good guys” in this fight, considering the push by neoconservatives to arm these same Syrian rebels, or intervene militarily on their behalf. It turns out that human rights groups are now accusing the Syrian opposition of a litany of abuses.

One Year After Start of Syrian Uprising, No Consensus on Resolution

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 10:15 am

The Syrian uprising began one year ago. The Assad regime marked it in two ways. First, with a Potemkin rally in Damascus, with tens of thousands of pro-regime demonstrators coming out (read: forced to come out) in support. They called it the “Global March for Syria.”

The second marking of the uprising was by armies marching on Syrian cities.

UN Resolution Drops Demand That Assad Step Down in Syria

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 4:11 pm

Russia had one simple demand on the UN draft resolution on Syria: the resolution must not allow for military intervention. In fact, it must ban intervention specifically in the text.

Well, the UN negotiators haven’t gone that far, to my knowledge. But they did drop the demand that Bashar al-Assad step down and hand over control of the country to his deputy.

Arab League Suspends Syria

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 8:37 am

The action by the collection of Arab states against the Syrian regime followed a so-called peace agreement that the Arab League brokered with Bashar al-Assad, which was supposed to end violence by security forces. However, a day after agreeing to the peace deal, Syrian security killed 10 protesters, and since that time Syria has continued to lay waste to the country, killing 250 protesters in 11 days.

Feingold’s LRA Reaction

By: Monday October 17, 2011 12:40 pm

Russ Feingold, author of the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Relief Act of 2009, has responded to the news that President Obama sent 100 combat-equipped troops to Uganda last week. I said I would follow up on that, so here it is.

On Joseph Kony, War Powers and Liberal Interventionism

By: Monday October 17, 2011 9:15 am

I have become the exemplar of Obama Derangement Syndrome with a Friday post about the White House starting a mini-war in Africa. It was front-paged on Saturday and caused a bit of debate. So let me make some additional remarks.

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