Lance Simmens: Obama is facing one of the most difficult decisions of his presidency, one that will have profound consequences for not only this nation but for humankind as he sorts through options.
Walter Brasch: Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty patriarch and one of the world’s greatest military strategists, suggests that America tell ISIS either to convert or be killed.
Tom Hayden: His military and diplomatic advisers are not useful caddies, because they are handing him the wrong clubs, military ones, for a struggle, which he says has no military solution.
Alon Ben-Meir: This latest round of hostilities has ironically produced a positive effect in that both sides have come to the realization that neither can defeat the other both politically and militarily with impunity, and that other options must now be explored to end the vicious cycle of violence.
Danny Schechter: Why look back? No one wants to learn anything! Iraq 2 was a disaster. Can we expect Iraq 3 to be any better?
Kathy Kelly: Zekerullah calmly explained to the teacher that he also knew, from experience, that beating students doesn’t help them learn, that he himself had lost four years of studies because he could no longer bear the beatings. He respectfully asked the teacher to beat him instead of the next seven students in the row.
Ray Zwarich: This is the tragedy of war; people devoted to the death of others, whom they rightly consider to be threatening death to them. As each side kills its enemies, where is right or wrong?
Danny Schechter: They do their killing with the kind of “terrible swift sword” that we sing about in the Battle Hymn of The Republic, while we prefer no direct contact with our victims, relying on so-called “surgical” air strikes and drone attacks.
Kathy Kelly: Durable structures of separation and domination make it difficult for many young Afghans to fulfill their longings to connect meaningfully, peacefully, and stably with a saner world united under one blue sky.
Murray Polner: It was hardly surprising that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would suddenly decide to depart Albany for Jerusalem just as the gory war in Gaza was coming to an end.
Lance Simmens: Whether it is in the Gaza Strip or at the Texas border, the world is being exposed to a level of child abuse that will have devastating effects upon our future for generations to come.
Walter Brasch: Given the reality that a thorough investigation by a Republican-led House committee shows there is no scandal, you’d expect the rest of the House to drop its $3.3 million investigation that they increased for political purposes months before the November mid-term elections. Good luck with that.
Gil Hochberg and Mark LeVine: Behind your passion is a view of Israel’s history and current actions that are utterly at odds with the actual history and present-day realities in the country.