The Deep State and the Big Lie – Douma Deposed

The contra-narrative about Assad’s alleged gas attack is gaining traction as the evidence comes in. It increasingly seems probable that some folks suffocated or were overcome with smoke inhalation and hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) when buildings, tunnels and underground bunkers collapsed into clouds of dust during the final battle for Douma last Saturday. Then the desperate … Continue reading “The Deep State and the Big Lie – Douma Deposed”

On Reaping What We Sow, Civilian Deaths and the Syrian Airstrikes

Hopefully we will never reap what we sow. The state violence that the U.S. has incurred on other nations has been unparalleled since World War II. The Vietnam War caused two million-plus civilian deaths to prevent a Soviet ally from burgeoning in Southeast Asia. Latin American interventions during the 1980s on behalf of right-wing dictators … Continue reading “On Reaping What We Sow, Civilian Deaths and the Syrian Airstrikes”

A President Held Hostage?

Poor Nikki Haley: she doesn’t get that having presidential ambitions and actually being the President are two different things! She went ahead and announced new sanctions on Russia – and was promptly contradicted by the White House, which averred that Nikki is “confused,” and that no new sanctions are contemplated. “I don’t get confused,” said … Continue reading “A President Held Hostage?”

Why Gallup Overstates American Sympathy for Israel

Pollster Gallup has claimed since the year 2001 that the majority of Americans (averaging 59% between 2001-2018) hold much greater sympathy for Israelis than for Palestinians (averaging 17%) “in the Middle East situation.” Gallup releases its yearly results with titillating headlines, such as “Americans Remain Staunchly in Israel’s Corner” (2018 poll) and "Israel Maintains Positive … Continue reading “Why Gallup Overstates American Sympathy for Israel”

Robert Fisk’s Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria

It seems that many who supported the weekend’s air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisk’s report today from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at the … Continue reading “Robert Fisk’s Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria”

American Empathy Gap: Massacres in Gaza and US Silence

For a writer, any criticism of Israeli military action is a veritable "third-rail" in American politics. Touch that nerve and you’re open to charges of anti-Semitism or worse. Still, recent events in Gaza demand that some of us, at least, shed light on the plight of Palestinians. Let us begin with a thought experiment: imagine … Continue reading “American Empathy Gap: Massacres in Gaza and US Silence”