Rick Chertoff: Omar’s real crime was to break the taboo against criticizing the powerful Israel Lobby, comparable to the NRA in influence, which is the American mouthpiece of the Israeli government.
Kathy Kelly: Palestinians in Gaza cope with constant tension. Denied freedom of movement, they live in the world’s largest open-air prison, under conditions the United Nations has predicted will render their land uninhabitable by 2020.
Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright: While most Americans have probably forgotten we are still at war in Afghanistan, the Trump administration “eased” the rules of engagement, allowing the military to drop more bombs in 2018 than in any other year since the war began in 2001.
Kevin A. Anderson: Today, the US has the most reckless and aggressive regime in its history. A war with Iran, even a “limited” series of airstrikes, could spin out of control, devastating the region and the global economy, with terrible consequences for the people of the world.
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.