Tom Hall: Like American fundagelicals, Iran’s religious leaders pick and choose what parts of their scriptures they want to cite. And like America’s for-profit “christians,” Iran’s “Moslem” leaders have little or no connection to the Islam of history.
Bill Blum: Absent proof of an imminent threat, the killing of Soleimani should be considered an assassination, which is illegal under a series of executive orders dating back to the administration of President Gerald Ford.
H. Scott Prostermann: The comparisons of Trump and Bibi might seem tiresome until one recognizes the remarkably common patterns of corruption and demagoguery, which have dramatic and frightening global implications.
Sean Reynolds: What I learned visiting perhaps the most patriotic country on the planet is that Iranians are determined not to be pushed around by the United States.
Cathy Breen: Trump’s threats a few days ago to put sanctions on Iraq, “sanctions that would make Iran sanctions seem tame,” can only be called blasphemous.
Norman Solomon: It’s a partisan pattern that’s all too common among Democrats on Capitol Hill — goading Trump as a wimp and then bemoaning his aggressive actions.
Rosemary Joyce: Today I tendered my resignation from the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. State Department on requests from other countries to help protect their heritage from illicit trafficking.
Tom Hall: Might Trump’s efforts to stir up a new Middle East war actually have the potential to motivate Middle East nations to align themselves in ways that promote more balance, and therefore, better opportunities for less war and more peace?
resident Trump says he ordered the U.S. drone attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani because the terrorism mastermind was planning “imminent and sinister attacks” on Americans Maybe Trump is telling the truth. But I can think of 15,413 (and counting) reasons why a lot of Americans wonder if he’s not. Fifteen-K-plus is how many documented […]
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies: U.S. officials and corporate media are falsely painting Kata’ib Hezbollah and the PMUs as independent, renegade Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, but they are really an official part of the Iraq security forces.
Slava Zilber: There was Iranian involvement and I think probably a mistake by the Iranians: that they thought this was the beginning of a velvet revolution, a protest that was going to destroy the status quo.
John Peeler: The fundamental problem, as with so much of Trump’s foreign policy, is incoherence: the pieces not only don’t fit together, they work against each other.
Lance Simmens: Without even a hint of contingency planning or even a thought of advising the co-equal branch of Congress, which is constitutionally responsible for declaring war, the Emperor has taken us to a place where massive loss of life is no longer a threat but virtually an assured inevitability.