Paul K. Chappell: The most powerful weapon that ISIS has is the Internet with social media, which has allowed ISIS to recruit people from all over the world.
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.
Norman Solomon: I gave a lofty major speech a couple of years ago about how a democratic society can’t have perpetual war. I like to talk about such sugary ideals; a spoonful helps the doublethink medicine go down.
Coleen Rowley and Georgianne Nienaber: Politicians are scoring points with a frightened U.S. population by hyping the supposed danger of letting in up to 10,000 Syrian refugees, but a much greater or actual risk exists in the current gaps in a visa-waiver program.
Richard Greeman: Today, warrants are no longer required for raids, which are decided on the judgement of the Prefect of each locality using “justified suspicion” as a criterion.
Richard Jackson: Recovering sympathy for the terrorist, recognizing their humanity, their politics, their suffering, their aspirations, their sense of self in this particular historical epoch, is essential for understanding the roots of their violent actions.
Anahata Giri: Punishment undermines the very basis of parenting: maintaining a safe, clear, loving relationship between parent and child.
Gary Corseri: The Great Contradiction of the 21st Century is that humankind has never been more connected—and our very connectedness renders us more vulnerable.
atching the terrible events unfolding in Paris, I have a helpless sense of deja vu. It reminds me of the movie, Groundhog Day, only much more deadly and depressing. It feels like we have been here so many times before: the same anguished images, the same suffering, the same questions and sense of disbelief. Most […]
Ron Briley: The complex political situation in the Middle East may, in fact, render the Cold War quagmire of Vietnam relatively simple.
Ed Rampell: U.S. mainstream media is flooded with calls for ramping up a military response, often proposed by the same historically discredited pundits and politicians who got it so wrong regarding Iraq, Libya, etc.
Larry Wines: Ultimately, we must determine who all this is about — them or us — and whether we wish to be defined by the choices we make about them, or by a deeper and more abiding sense of who we are.
John Peeler: The Islamic State and other radical Islamists don’t do terror because they are essentially evil terrorists, they do it because it’s about the only effective way they have to attack the West.
Edward Wasserman: Earlier disclosures indicating our government knows that drones are killing a lot of civilians provoked scant public response—and this Congress is hardly likely to hold hearings on an effort lawmakers generally support, whose victims are both faceless and distant.