It’s a near miracle that nuclear war has so far been avoided.
It is a virtual reflex for governments to plead security concerns when they undertake any controversial action, often as a pretext for something else.
American imperialism is often traced to the takeover of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii in 1898.
The United States was seriously defeated in Iraq by Iraqi nationalism – mostly by nonviolent resistance. The United States could kill the insurgents, but they couldn’t deal with half a million people demonstrating in the streets.
There is no body of theory or significant body of relevant information, beyond the comprehension of the layman, which makes policy immune from criticism.
There’s a War Crimes Act in the United States passed by a Republican Congress in 1996, which says that grave breaches of the Geneva Convention are subject to the death penalty. And that doesn’t mean the soldier that committed them – that means the commanders.
I don’t join the New Atheists. So, for example, I wouldn’t have the arrogance to lecture some mother who hopes to see her dying child in Heaven – that’s none of my business, ultimately. I won’t lecture her on the philosophy of science.
I like the cold weather. It means you get work done.
It was during the Reagan years that defiance of international law and the U.N. Charter became entirely open.
Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.