Peace and Security

The Lineup: Week of July 5-12, 2010

Here’s what you’ll find in the latest OtherWords editorial package, which features a Donald Kaul column and Khalil Bendib cartoon on the futility of the Afghanistan War and an op-ed about the “passion investments” of the how the ultra-rich.

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It’s Time for Israel to End the Gaza Siege

Why would the Israeli navy commandeer boats carrying collapsible wheelchairs and bags of cement to the Gaza Strip? Israel says that the aid convoys are trying to “break the blockade” of the densely populated Palestinian enclave. But why is there a blockade in the first place?

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Tea Party Should Attack Military Spending

Bring government down to the bare bones, the tea-party people say. Mainstream reporters are dutifully noting all this, for the most part. Meanwhile, they’re failing to ask tea party activists about a more effective way to curb deficit-building federal spending that’s not on their cost-cutting wish-list: the wasteful programs embedded in world’s largest bureaucracy, the Pentagon.

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Downplaying the Mess of War

The best part of America’s wars is that, except for limited attacks during WWII, all our conflicts have been fought on somebody else’s soil since the battle of Appomattox. This represents good and careful planning. You certainly don’t want your own constituents grousing about residual Agent Orange, depleted uranium, unexploded ordnance, blown-up bridges, or torn-down homes.

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Israel’s Flotilla Massacre: Made in the USA

Israel’s Flotilla Massacre: Made in the USA

When Israeli commandoes launched their pirate-style assault on the unarmed flotilla of ships carrying hundreds of humanitarian aid workers and 10,000 tons of supplies for the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least nine activists and injuring scores more, part of the operation was labeled “Made in the USA.”

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Feisty Grannies Stand Up for Peace

How grand it was in Washington for Hamid Karzai. The corrupt, inept president of Afghanistan–whose regime is being propped up by 87,000 of our troops and a $7-billion-a-month bill from us taxpayers–got the red-carpet treatment in our nation’s capital in May, including a meeting with President Obama in the grandeur of the White House.

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