Janet Phelan: The US engagement in the Middle East has an unexplored impetus and if allowed to continue unchecked will have unexpected and world-changing consequences.
Kristin Y. Christman: Instead of adding more killing to the killing in vain attempts to achieve physical control over people’s minds, the most powerful step the U.S. can take is to change its own behavior to reduce tension within Middle Eastern minds.
Ivan Eland: The reasons for the United States to go to war against Saddam after his invasion of Kuwait were much less clear cut than have been imagined.
Ivan Eland: Why can’t we see that the U.S. government’s post-9/11 attacks on or invasions of at least seven Muslim countries—Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq—is far worse than Trump’s proposal in generating anti-U.S. blowback terrorism?
Gareth Porter: Bureaucratic self-interest trumped US military’s conviction that American security is being endangered by Obama’s policy of regime change.
Medea Benjamin: Instead of insisting on al-Nimr’s release during his years in prison and echoing Amnesty International’s condemnation of his “deeply flawed” trial, the US government was silent.
Ivan Eland: The United States mutes its criticism of Saudi Arabia’s atrocious human rights record, sweeps under the under the rug that the 9/11 attackers were mostly Saudi nationals, and ignores that Saudi Arabia is the biggest exporter of militant Sunni Islamism by its support for radical schools around the Islamic world.
Kathy Kelly: In Guantanamo, with each evening meal, Guantanamo prisoners are served tea in styrofoam cups. Many prisoners etch floral designs into their cups, which become a nightly artistic outlet for men with few other freedoms allowed them.
Gareth Porter: The notion that a political settlement will take place lacks credibility – the realities on the ground in Syria won’t allow it.
Hank Jones: The Palestinian struggle, in many ways, parallels the just struggles of the South African, my African-American and Latino brothers and sisters, and all oppressed peoples worldwide.
Majd Isreb: Both ISIL in the Middle East and the racists in the West have the same agenda: polarizing the populace into an “us against them” mentality.
Walter Moss: Unmentioned by conservatives is the fact that the greatest critic of appeasement, Winston Churchill, advocated an alliance with Soviet Russia in order to deal with the greater threat of Nazism.
Murray Polner: So it’s now official gospel: Americans are scared and whenever the next terrorist act occurs, temperatures will soar, and as our past bears out, bad things will surely happen as ambitious politicians, goaded by the mass media, rush to avenge the criminals, guilty or not.