Murray Polner: The real question for amnesiac, distracted Americans, is whether any American President, now or in the future, can be stopped or delayed even though he or she has the sole right to decide when and if to start a nuclear war.
All that I ask is that, in the midst of a murderous world, we agree to reflect on murder and to make a choice.’ – Albert Camus, 1948 ilton Viorst’s probing and relevant “Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal” (St. Martin’s Press) will not be appreciated by our obedient American Israel lobby and the […]
Murray Polner: And now it’s time for Kim Jong-un and his feral twin Donald Trump, two allegedly tough guys threatening millions of us, sounding much like end-times lunacy.
Murray Polner: When the Vietnam Memorial was dedicated and became a sacred shrine to the dead, no one in political authority who had helped dream up this colossal bloodletting were ever held legally accountable.
Murray Polner: I was born in Brooklyn. When I entered my early teenage years little mattered but baseball, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Ebbets Field
Murray Polner: McGovern’s long-term legacy is that the party which rejected his views needs an alternative approach to war and peace and not another Hillary trying to show they’re tougher than the Republicans.
Murray Polner: One of the few outspoken whites, Ole Miss historian James Silver, damned the state as a “closed society—totalitarian, monolithic and corrupt” and eventually left to teach at Notre Dame.
Murray Polner: We collected metal products and left them at curbside so someone somewhere would melt it down and turn it into more weapons to kill Marvin’s “rats.”
Murray Polner: Can we please stop demonizing Vladimir Putin 24/7, and blaming him for all the world’s ills? He is not the latest version of Josef Stalin.
Murray Polner: Even people like Colin Kaepernick, Curt Schilling, Curt Flood, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, et.al. should be free to say what they want and still be able to find work at their trade and mean it.
While the mass protests after Trump’s election avoided foreign policy it shouldn’t take long to arouse Americans if they find ourselves buried in permanent and unwinnable wars against, say, North Korea and Iran and the despised draft reinstituted to provide cannon fodder.
For some of our past White House occupants, Polk, McKinley, LBJ, Nixon, Reagan and Bush 1, their solution was to kick off a nice little war or two and then hope the crowds would start celebrating.
Murray Polner: Barack Obama was going to be different, or so my fellow antiwar liberals—and a few antiwar conservatives—hoped. He was to herald the end of that uncompromising and unilateral era of preventive war.