Nuclear Annihilation and the Wisdom of Mass Salvation

Incoming! Incoming! Uh . . . pardon me while I interrupt this false alarm to quote Martin Luther King: “Science investigates,” he says in The Strength To Love, “religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The … Continue reading “Nuclear Annihilation and the Wisdom of Mass Salvation”

Peace on the Far Side of Nuclear Weapons

“. . . real security can only be shared . . .” I call it news in a cage: the fact that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. In other words, how nice, but it has nothing to do with the real stuff going on across … Continue reading “Peace on the Far Side of Nuclear Weapons”

Reclaiming the Truth About Vietnam

“From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions … Continue reading “Reclaiming the Truth About Vietnam”

Begging for War

“There are no good options,” Brian Williams said the other night on MSNBC, launching a discussion about North Korea with the implication that war – maybe nuclear war – is the only solution to the problem it represents. We’ve been cradling our own suicide for seven decades. The baby’s eyes open… And Williams was right, … Continue reading “Begging for War”

The Man Who Stood Up to Armageddon

Suddenly it’s possible – indeed, all too easy – to imagine one man starting a nuclear war. What’s a little harder to imagine is one human being stopping such a war. For all time. The person who came closest to this may have been Tony de Brum, former foreign minister of the Marshall Islands, who … Continue reading “The Man Who Stood Up to Armageddon”

Why Does North Korea Hate Us?

"The bombing was long, leisurely and merciless . . ." And so we return to the Korean War, when North Korea was carpet-bombed to the edge of existence. The American media doesn’t have a memory that stretches quite so far back, at least not under present circumstances. One commentator at MSNBC recently explained, for instance, … Continue reading “Why Does North Korea Hate Us?”

Terrorism for Profit

Donald Trump stands cluelessly at the edge of history, exemplifying everything wrong with the past, oh, 10,000 years or so. The necessity for fundamental change in humanity’s global organization is not only profound, but urgent. Trump’s latest outburst about North Korea’s nukes – threatening that country “with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of … Continue reading “Terrorism for Profit”

How Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantánamo Opens Up the Horrors of Torture

To read Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantánamo is to run your mind along the contours of hell. The next step, if you’re an American, is to embrace it. Claim it. This is who we are: We are the proprietors of a cluster of human cages. This torture center is still open. Men … Continue reading “How Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantánamo Opens Up the Horrors of Torture”

Dead Civilians and the Language of War

Finally it comes down to this: Some people are expendable. In certain parts of the world – where we and our allies are waging war – the expendable people come in two categories: terrorists (good riddance!) and civilians, whom we only kill if and when necessary, and whose deaths often elicit official apologies (if there’s … Continue reading “Dead Civilians and the Language of War”

Nukes and the Global Schism

The United States boycotted the U.N. negotiations to ban – everywhere across Planet Earth – nuclear weapons. So did eight other countries. Guess which ones? The international debate over this historic treaty, which became reality a week ago by a margin of 122 to 1, revealed how deeply split the nations of the world are … Continue reading “Nukes and the Global Schism”