Kathy Kelly: The greatest outlier in terms of possessing nuclear weapons is the United States, which in an alarming new development has granted seven permits for the transfer of sensitive nuclear information by U.S. businesses to the Saudi government.
Mel Gurtov: Iran is doing nothing that constitutes a new threat to US or any other country’s interests, and Iran’s latest actions—even if Tehran is responsible for the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and the downing of a US drone—are best understood as responses to US provocations.
Harvey Wasserman: Think of Trump as the ultimate payback, the balloon payment on the Empire. He is the eternal imperial mobster, a composite of exactly who we’ve foisted on so many other innocents throughout history.
Robert Koehler: National security is always seen, in the corridors of power, as a matter of striking back against some enemy or other, an attitude that strikes me as both stupid and cowardly.
Joseph Palermo: Throwing away trillions of tax dollars and potentially millions of human lives in another forever war that’s guaranteed to create intractable crises in the future appears to be the folly that awaits us.
Mel Gurtov: There is no emergency. No evidence has been presented to show that Iran is taking any action that threatens US or any other country’s interests.
Marcia Mitchell: Now, Trump says, he wants to see Iran back at the negotiating table. Iran, of course, isn’t interested in dealing with him. Perhaps they don’t trust him to keep his word.
John Peeler: This US policy is absolutely inexcusable: It is aggressive and baseless, oblivious to diplomacy, and guaranteed to cause untold hardship and chaos for the people of the region.
Netanyahu’s victory demonstrates the preference of Israeli voters for an ethically dubious politician, who offers no path toward peace with Palestinians, but continued seizure of formerly Arab land.
Abba Solomon: As long as Jewish personal and group identity are bonded to salvation by a reconstituted Jewish commonwealth, Palestinians’ inconvenient presence and demand to be dealt with as human beings are dangerous wreckers of that vision.
Marcy Winograd: Lieu, a backer of single-payer health care and the Green New Deal, recently reintroduced H.R. 6725—“U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act”— a not so green deal to co-develop high energy speed-of-light laser, particle beam and microwave weapons with Israel.
Alex McDonald: We visited a school of disadvantaged children and the love and respect that teachers showed their kids was heart-warming. And half of the kids were Afghan refugees. I want America to be that humane and great.
John Peeler: Israel has won the long conflict with Palestinian nationalism, but in the process Zionism has lost its soul.