WJ Astore: Does it matter to Americans if the true count of civilian deaths is closer to 10,000 than 500? To most Americans, sadly, I’m not sure it matters.
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
Ronald Leach: National leadership must recognize that even when there is a clear uncontroversial cause – jus ad bellum, the justice of war, the ability to ensure and sustain justice in war or the perception of justice in war is near impossible.
Hakim Young: A U.S. and Afghan Geological Survey of Kabul Basin’s water resources found that about half of the shallow groundwater supply wells could become dry by 2050 due to declining recharge and stream-flows under projected climate change.
Kathy Kelly: The mothers’ travails echo across Afghanistan, where one-third of the population lives below the poverty line (earning less than $2 a day) and a further 50 percent are barely above this.
WD Ehrhart: In May 1970, after the killings at Kent State, I joined the antiwar movement, but I did not spit on myself or call myself “baby killer.” Moreover, I never saw anyone else around me abusing soldiers or veterans.
Dr. Tech Young Wee: Like a mad fever, I saw the blood-stained history of humanity streaming into that spartan room in Kabul.
Murray Polner: And now it’s time for Kim Jong-un and his feral twin Donald Trump, two allegedly tough guys threatening millions of us, sounding much like end-times lunacy.
Winslow Myers: We pretend our nuclear weapons are good and theirs are bad, when the weapons are a mindless, heartless system that cares neither who occupies the moral high ground nor who “wins.”
Kevin B. Anderson: A new stage of imperialist degeneracy, itself rooted in the political and economic crisis of U.S. capitalism, lies behind Trump’s threat of nuclear genocide against North Korea and his moves toward war with Iran.
Pat Elder: Quite often, youth groups affiliated with high school JROTC programs are forced to use commercial firing ranges where .22 caliber rifles and larger guns are regularly fired.
John Peeler: Now we have two macabre clowns drawing lines in the sand, and absolutely no evidence that ether one can see any way out other than total capitulation of the enemy.
Lawrence Wittner: After almost a half-century of waiting for a nuclear weapons-free world to emerge, most non-nuclear nations are fed up with the nuclear monopoly of nine nations.
Frank Joyce: The corporatization of so-called public broadcasting is a fact of life, a prime example of how the machinery of manufacturing consent works ceaselessly to expand its influence.