16 Mar 2015

The Washington Post Will Kill Us All

“War with Iran is probably our best option.” This is an actual headline from the Washington Post. Yes it’s an op-ed, but don’t fantasize that it’s part of some sort of balanced wide-ranging array of varied opinions. The Washington Post wouldn’t print a column advocating peace to save its life

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12 Mar 2015

Which Party Do You View Iran Through?

Most people in the United States have little contact with Iran or its culture. Iran comes up as a scary threat in the speeches of demagogues. A range of debate is offered between obliterate it and pressure it into compliance with our civilized norms, or at least the civilized norms

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11 Mar 2015

Which Party Do You View Iran Through?

Most people in the United States have little contact with Iran or its culture. Iran comes up as a scary threat in the speeches of demagogues. A range of debate is offered between obliterate it and pressure it into compliance with our civilized norms, or at least the civilized norms

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10 Mar 2015

A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

World Beyond War has just published a short book titled A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. This act constitutes an intervention into the debate over whether to create a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. In fact, this document should help stimulate a debate over whether

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09 Mar 2015

A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

World Beyond War has just published a short book titled A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. This act constitutes an intervention into the debate over whether to create a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. In fact, this document should help stimulate a debate over whether

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08 Mar 2015

Putin Wants to Eat Your Children

If U.S. television and politicians started saying that Saudi Arabia should be bombed because it kills and tortures innocent people, within a week many millions of Americans would demand just that. And because those voices do say that about ISIS, many millions of Americans do favor a war on ISIS.

My point is not that bombs would be worse than the problem addressed and would make the problem itself worse as well, although that’s all true. Rather, my point is that most people who favor wars do so in order to blindly support a nation, and in blindly supporting that nation they allow it to dictate which wars they will favor. Although war supporters will give you reasons for the wars they favor, they actually favor whichever wars they are told to favor, and no others. And they’ll give you the reasons they are told to believe in as well.

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08 Mar 2015

Putin Wants to Eat Your Children

If U.S. television and politicians started saying that Saudi Arabia should be bombed because it kills and tortures innocent people, within a week many millions of Americans would demand just that. And because those voices do say that about ISIS, many millions of Americans do favor a war on ISIS.

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02 Mar 2015

Admit that torture does not work

To: Keifer Sutherland and Kathryn Bigelow Admit awareness of the fact that torture does not work in real life. Sign the petition. Why is this important? The popularity and acceptability of torture have soared in the United States and around the world. This is not simply because the United States

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02 Mar 2015

Admit that torture does not work

To: Keifer Sutherland and Kathryn Bigelow Admit awareness of the fact that torture does not work in real life. Sign the petition. Why is this important? The popularity and acceptability of torture have soared in the United States and around the world. This is not simply because the United States

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28 Feb 2015

ISIS Derangement Syndrome

Here’s Time Magazine‘s David von Drehle: “The greatest threat that ISIS poses — even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule — is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is to have a terrorist kingdom

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