Joseph Palermo: The neo-cons appear prescient proving that if you scream for war long enough you have a good chance of getting war.
John Peeler: What neither Obama nor Bush have grasped is that the widespread and durable hostility toward the United States is a result of a Western meddling in the region.
Raffaele Piccolo: Israel has instituted a raft of policies as to residency and movement into and about Jerusalem. These policies seek to make the city out reach for most Palestinians.
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.