Tom Hastings: Crushing terrorism with military force has proven to create larger and larger manifestations of terrorism.
In sweltering 90 degree heat, pro-Iran deal supporters rally and deliver petitions at Congressman Ted Lieu’s Los Angeles office this week to urge the “undecided” lawmaker to support the agreement.
Clifford Tasner: No one is talking about the people who will be most hurt by this display of unfettered diplomacy: The weapons manufacturers! The arms merchants!
Rick Chertoff: If the Obama Administration is successful in winning American participation in a nuclear agreement with Iran, it will be in part because of the widening split in an American Jewish community whose values are no longer governed by a taboo against disagreeing with the dictates of Israel.
Murray Polner: In addition to the fabrications and fantasies concocted by PM Netanyahu’s Israel and endlessly repeated by his followers, it is that for the first time in memory a foreign country–Israel—is publicly fighting an American president’s foreign policy on American soil.
Lila Garrett: The thought that you would vote against this chance for peace vs. certain war is appalling to me.
David Swanson: Don’t listen to the pro-war propaganda even when it’s parroted by the pro-peace advocates. It doesn’t improve your thinking, your understanding, or the prospects in the long run of avoiding war.
Ivan Eland: If Turkey feels more insulated from ISIS and the Syrian civil war—as the safe zone created by Turkish and coalition bombing will ensure—it is even more unlikely to use its army to battle ISIS.
David Swanson: Irael is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence.
Lila Garrett: By attacking Iran, we could very easily have resorted to drones armed with nuclear bombs because we have the technology, we have the will , and we have the Republicans.
Gareth Porter: Iranian counter-pressure on the US, through its nuclear programme, finally compelled the Obama administration to begin negotiations
Gareth Porter: Access to Iranian sites continues to be a thorny issue and the Americans may be playing a dirty game in the media.
Martha Hennessy: Of the estimated two million child laborers in Afghanistan, 60,000 work in Kabul, competing for meager wages. They sell bread and shine shoes on the streets to support their families so that they may eat.