War in the Hundred Acre Woods

By: Sunday August 24, 2014 2:10 pm

A. A. Milne depicts a world of nonviolent dispute resolution, arbitration, and a changed conception of honor or prestige that finds war shameful rather than honorable.  And not just shameful, but mad. He quotes a war supporter remarking, “At the present moment, which may prove to be the eve of another Armageddon, we are not ready.” Asks Milne: “Which of these two facts [Armageddon or unpreparedness] is of the more importance to civilization?”

 

Causes of War Krugman Overlooked

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 6:12 pm

While I’m working on a campaign to abolish war, it’s helpful and appreciated that a columnist for one of the most effective war promoting institutions in the world, the New York Times, on Sunday mused aloud about why in the world wars are still waged.

Paul Krugman rightly pointed to the destructive nature of wars even for their victors. He admirably presented the insights of Norman Angell who figured out that war didn’t pay economically over a century ago. But Krugman didn’t get much further than that, his one proposal to explain wars fought by wealthy nations being political gain for the war makers.

Guess Who Cheers When Cease-Fires Collapse

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 11:25 am

“The Middle East must lead the world in cease-fires. If cease-fires were the road to peace, the Middle East would easily be the most peaceful place on the planet.”

Stop for a moment and appreciate the unfathomable stupidity of that remark. One might as well say the Middle East must lead the world in U.S. weapons imports or the Middle East must lead the world in wars. If these were paths to peace, the Middle East would easily be the most peaceful place on the planet. One might also just as easily say the Middle East must lead the world in the brevity of its cease-fires, with cease-fires elsewhere lasting longer, and with as many broken agreements lying in the sand of the Middle East as anywhere since the last big batch of promises made to Native Americans. One might even just as easily say the Middle East must lead the world in resumptions of fighting, rather than in halts to fighting. But that’s not where Sowell is headed. He’s out to reverse Benjamin Franklin’s notion that there has never been a good war or a bad peace.

The Palestinian Right and the American Left

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30 am

Here are the false choices framed: either we blame the victims of Israel’s vicious and massive assault on a trapped population, blame them for reacting as virtually anyone else in the so-called developed world would, or we advocate for the right to fight defensive wars — regardless of whether it helps or hurts the situation. Those are not the only options.

Time to Revive the Peace Movement

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:02 pm

It has been 10 years of dormancy for the peace movement: a full decade since the thriving demonstrations of the early Bush years gave way to liberal demands that the focus shift to defeating the president at the ballot box. This fixation remained through the two ensuing presidential elections, which have demonstrated, beyond a reasonable doubt, the futility of this approach to altering American foreign policy. The vibrant and young foot soldiers of Obama’s first election are now seven years older, jaded and frustrated. Most of them are underemployed, over-indebted, and increasingly hopeless about their lot in life.

If I’m Right, China Will Step In and Stabilize Iraq

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 8:49 am

This time around with the Iraq war I want to be on the “winning side” I don’t mean being right, I mean getting paid to be wrong. What good is being right if you can’t monetize it? My contract work at one of the Big 8 peace firms is up, so I’ve been shopping around for new clients.

I can’t reveal who they are but this client wants a stable Middle East. They aren’t as concerned with Iraqis as they are with keeping the spice (I mean oil) flowing. They also believe war is the answer. I can’t dissuade them of this, and as I said, it’s not profitable being right, so I came up with a solution.

A Record of Unparalleled Failure

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 6:55 pm

The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions — nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began. That’s more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions.

Do You Want Real Peace?

By: Sunday May 25, 2014 6:38 pm

Memorial Day Weekend has brought a plethora of remembrances to my Facebook page. Most are patriotic and call upon us to express gratitude for those who have fallen in the line of duty. I appreciate this sentiment but question whether it goes far enough.

Late Night: Mission Accomplished, Indeed

By: Thursday May 22, 2014 8:00 pm

So it seems that our notoriously slothful Congress managed to bestir itself today, twice, but naturally only for the worst possible reasons.

A Mother’s Day Tribute— That Should Not Have to Be Written

By: Sunday May 11, 2014 4:00 pm

The best way to honor our mothers is to make sure they do not have to mourn the deaths of their children.

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