Month: August 2013

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Would Jesus Drop the Nagasaki Bomb?

The mushroom cloud from the U.S. A-bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II

The second and hopefully last nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 9, 1945. Among the bitter ironies of that day, the U.S. plane was flown by an all-Christian crew that picked for its target the landmark of…

Pinning Argentine Bombing on Iran

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president of Iran. (Photo credit: Sajedi2013)

“Defectors” are among the most unreliable intelligence sources since they have an obvious motive for discrediting their former governments, but still have been allowed outsized roles in whipping up hysteria against Iraq in 2003 and now against Iran, as Gareth…

Iran/Iraq ‘Defectors’ and Disinformation

Ahmed Chalabi, who served as leader of the Iraqi National Congress.

From the Archive: For years, “defectors” from “enemy” states have supplied the U.S. government and media with propaganda that is eagerly repeated to justify economic, diplomatic or even military retaliation. That was the case with Iraq in 2003 and now…

Manning’s Upside-Down Punishment

A "Free Bradley Manning" button.

The cruel irony of how the United States has addressed post-9/11 war crimes, including President Bush’s invasion of Iraq and his use of torture, is that no major government official has been held accountable, yet whistleblowers have faced harsh reprisals,…

Will Zionism Sink Mideast Peace?

Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and lead U.S. representative to the new Israeli-Palestinian talks.

The resumption of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators is widely cheered, but it will result in a positive result only if the genuine interests of both sides are treated fairly, a prospect that is undercut by the pro-Israeli…

Why WPost’s Hiatt Should Be Fired

Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of the Washington Post.

From the Archive: The purchase of the Washington Post by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos gives the newspaper a chance to shed its neocon ideology and get back to sound journalism. But that will require a housecleaning of top editors and columnists…

Iran’s Objection to Double Standards

Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Double standards abound in how the West treats Iran’s nuclear program, most notably the silence about Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal. Iran has not built a single bomb and accepts nuclear inspections, yet it is the one confronted with threats of…

How to Curb the Doomsday Club

The atomic bomb detonation at Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945.

On Aug. 6, 1945, the world changed. Though war had plagued humankind for millennia, the U.S. atomic bomb on Hiroshima showed how all life might end, a threat that remains as nuclear-armed states keep their arsenals, thus creating incentives for…

Adjusting to the New Iranian Reality

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (center) formally endorsed the new president Hassan Rouhani (right) in a ceremony including outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (left). (Official Iranian government photo)

Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration as Iran’s new president revives hope for resolving the Iranian nuclear dispute, but continued belligerency from the U.S. Congress and Israeli leaders could dash the opportunity as could American misreading of regional trends, as Flynt and Hillary…

Who’s to Blame for NSA Excesses?

Seal of the National Security Agency

After a terrorist attack like Benghazi or the Boston Marathon the press, pols and much of the public decry the failure to prevent the violence, but the mood shifts amid disclosures of intrusive means to counter threats. This ambivalence can…