Medea Benjamin: While human rights groups work to hold the private sector accountable, the biggest obstacle to holding Saudi Arabia accountable is the Trump administration’s continued support.
H. Scott Prostermann: The campaign billboards, “In Another League,” with the two men in a warm embrace, reminded some Israeli voters that they wanted a Prime Minister and not an imperial ruler.
Should the United States just stand up and leave the region, it will bring much more violence and bloodshed.
Tom Hall: Are the Yemenis using drones to attack the financial base of the nations that are attacking them any different from our own Founding revolutionaries?
H. Scott Prosterman: Many Jews see Carter and Obama as the best friends in Israel’s history, because they continued the American tradition of generous financial, military and logistical support while also holding them accountable.
Abba Solomon: Until now American Jews have indulged in a rather charmed existence, able to both boost our “home country,” the State of Israel, and proclaim our Americanness.
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.