Same as It Ever Was: War, Peace, Wall Street, and the Smothers Brothers

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 4:37 pm

Censored for years, the Smothers Brothers kept on satirizing. In the end their uncompromising political message drove them off the air, with CBS firing the duo and the rest of their comedy ensemble under pressure from the White House. Though the Brothers and the ACLU fought a successful legal battle in response, their careers were effectively over. A documentary, Smothered, tells the whole story — but only clips seem to be available online.

 

War for Dummies

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 2:27 pm

Sorry for the headline if it got you hoping for a quick 1-step guide on how to bomb a country without breaking a sweat. I didn’t actually mean that I could teach a dummy to wage a war. I meant that only dummies want to wage wars.

Need proof?

A 15-Year Murder Spree

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 5:46 pm

Fifteen years ago, NATO was bombing Yugoslavia. This may be difficult for people to grasp who believe the Noah movie is historical fiction, but: What your government told you about the bombing of Kosovo was false. And it matters.

While Rwanda is the war that many misinformed people wish they could have had (or rather, wish others could have had for them), Yugoslavia is the war they’re glad happened — at least whenever World War II really fails as a model for the new war they’re after.

The Washington Post’s Series on Veterans Reinforces War Culture, Makes Iraqi & Afghan Suffering Invisible

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 10:30 am

Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes the poll as an “unprecedented glimpse into the lives and attitudes of modern warriors.” In fact, this poll and the story are only concerned about the lives and attitudes of American “warriors.” The Iraqi and Afghan people are given very minimal attention, and, when they are, it is to scorn them for not being more grateful that the United States chose to occupy their country and try and make their country “safer” or “better.”

“This is typical of American war culture, which only gives importance to the American lives that are lost in war and to the suffering that American soldiers bring home with them as a result of war,” explained Ross Caputi, a Marine who served in the Second Battle of Fallujah.

The War Activists

By: Saturday March 22, 2014 4:00 pm

War activists, like peace activists, push for an agenda. We don’t think of them as activists because they rotate in and out of government positions, receive huge amounts of funding, have access to big media, and get meetings with top officials just by asking — without having to generate a protest first.

They also display great contempt for the public and openly discuss ways to manipulate people through fear and nationalism — further shifting their image away from that of popular organizers. But war activists are not journalists, not researchers, not academics. They don’t inform or educate. They advocate. They just advocate for something that most of the time, and increasingly, nobody wants.

From the Stage of the Oscars to a Concert in Kiev: Jared Leto Goes to Ukraine

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Last night, the war zone that’s been the city of Kiev took a musical turn as bands descended into Ukraine to show solidarity and support for the protesters.

Top Six Reasons to Stop Fighting Wars

By: Monday February 17, 2014 7:21 pm

Murder is the one crime that we’re taught to excuse if it’s done on a large enough scale. Morality demands that we not so excuse it. War is nothing other than murder on a large scale.

Are We Done With War Now?

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 12:50 pm

Polls showed a large percentage of us in this country supporting the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and even — though somewhat reduced — the invasion of Iraq in 2003. But not long after, and ever since, a majority of us have said those were mistakes.

After Helping Arm Al Qaeda In Syria, US Government Says Al Qaeda In Syria A Threat To US

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 1:26 pm

And now, after this latest series of screw ups, Secretary Kerry is telling members of Congress that America needs to get more involved in the Syrian Civil War because US armed Al Qaeda is a threat. Seriously.

They Never Announce When You Prevent a War

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 6:02 pm

There exists, I suppose, some slight chance of this one making it into the State of the Union address, no doubt in a distorted, bellicose, and xenophobic disguise. Typically, there’s no chance of any announcement at all.

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