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Iran Nuclear Agreement: War Averted?

  • April 03, 2015
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Given the unfolding mayhem in the Middle East, yesterday’s framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is a positive development that should be cautiously celebrated.   Ordinary Iranians have special reason to celebrate, because they are the ones, as always, who  have borne the brunt of sanctions  that should never have been imposed in the first place, to the point when Iran is not even able to repair its fleet of passenger planes.

It also means that the prospect of another major war in the Middle East that at one point seemed almost inevitable has been...

What’s so interesting about William Tecumseh Sherman?

  • April 02, 2015
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There are a lot of books to read, and for those of you that like to spend time, maybe too much time, on the internet, there is a lot of stuff to read that isn’t in books and which doesn’t even give you time to read them.     As if it wasn’t enough trying...

Why 1.3 Million Dead Are Not Worth Mentioning

  • March 31, 2015
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It’s one of the essential tenets of the new age of humanitarian war that war is not as bad as it used to be, or at least that it’s not so bad that the costs outweigh the gains.     War, or western war at least, is no longer the grim rider on the pale...

Aaronovitch Administers the Hatchet

  • March 23, 2015
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Anyone who has read this site will know that I’m not a big fan of the UK’s little band of neocon/liberal interventionist journalists.

It isn’t just the fact that I don’t agree with them.   I can live with disagreement.   It isn’t even their total obliviousness to the discrepancies between their militarist proposals and the actual...

Joshua Muravchik: War Zombie

  • March 16, 2015
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You have to admire neoconservatives.   Alright, maybe not admire them exactly.   But in any case you have to acknowledge that these guys are in it for the long haul.

Neither age nor failure can wither them.     No amount of death and destruction can ever dampen their ardor or lead them to question their...

It’s Raining Threats, Hallelujah

  • March 11, 2015
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One of the great things about living in a democratic society is that we don’t have propaganda.   That is something that authoritarian regimes like Russia and Iran do.   They have stations like RT and Press tv which do nothing but promote the agenda of their respective regimes.

Here in the free world we have...

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