- "War and Wisdom," by Nicholas D. Kristof
(New York Times, February 7, 2003). President Bush and Colin Powell have adroitly shown that
Iraq is hiding weapons, that Saddam Hussein is a lying scoundrel and that Iraqi officials
should be less chatty on the telephone. But they did not demonstrate that the solution is
to invade Iraq. If you've seen kids torn apart by machine-gun fire, you know that war should
be only a last resort. And we're not there yet. We still have a better option: containment.
- "No War with Iraq No Blood for Oil or
Ego," by Barry Rommo, Dave Curry & Joe Miller (The Veteran, Fall 2002).
It looks like those courtiers, known as advisers, who what a war with Iraq,
have Bush's ear. From his speech before the United Nations in September, it is
clear that the boy wishes to finish daddy's war from 1990-91 and be a big hero
himself. However, in addition to little things like the Constitution and
international law stands the reality of a "war too far" in their never ending
war on terrorism.
- "Kucinich Rocks the Boat,"
by John Nichols (The Nation, March 25, 2002). Nichols describes efforts
of Rep. Dennis Kucinich and others in Congress to counter Bush's expanding
war on terrorism.
"Rogue States? America Ought to Know: The Hyperpower Sets
Its Own Rules," by Phyllis Bennis (TomPaine.com, March 1,
2002). "The United States is the strongest country in the world.
But does that mean we can ignore the international laws, treaties
and U.N.resolutions we demand others obey?"
"Afghans are still dying as air strikes go on. But no one
is counting," by Ian Traynor in Kabul (The Guardian, Feb.
12, 2002). "Bombing blunders and misleading information on the
ground keep the civilian toll rising in Afghanistan. In the first
of a three-part investigation Guardian writers ask: How many innocent
people are dying?"
"The Others," by Howard Zinn (The Nation, Feb. 11,
2002). "What if those Americans who declare heir support for
Bush's 'war on terrorism' could see . . . the real human beings who
have died under our bombs? I do believe they would have second thoughts."
"Deconstructing George W. Bush: A Critical Analysis of the
2002 State of the Union Address," by Stephen Zunes (Foreign
Policy in Focus, Jan. 31, 2002). Despite widespread accolades in the
media and strong bipartisan support in Congress, a careful examination
of the language and assumptions in the address raise disturbing questions
about the direction of U.S. foreign policy under the current administration."
"Bring Out Your Dead," by Bill Berkowitz (WorkingForChange.com,
January 23, 2002). Story on Marc Herold, a professor of economics
and women's studies at the University of New Hampshire who has been
putting databases for more than thirty years; describes his efforts
to obtain information on Afghan casualties in the face of stonewalling
by the mainstream media and the Bush administration.
"Afghanistan, Continued: Does War Really Work?"
by William D. Hartung of the World Policy Institute (Common Dreams
News Center, Dec. 14, 2001). "Before we get too carried away
with the wonders of U.S. military intervention, it probably makes
sense to reflect for a few moments on what has actually been accomplished
- "The Long and Hidden History of the U.S in Somalia" by Stephen
Zunes, AlterNet January 17, 2002. "The East African nation of Somalia
is being mentioned with increasing frequency as the next possible target
in the U.S.-led war against international terrorism. . . . Before the
United States attacks that impoverished country, however, it is important
to know how Somalia became a possible haven for the followers of Osama
Bin Laden and what might result if the United States goes to war."
- "U.S. Takes Anti-Terrorism War to the Philippines" by John
Gershman, Jan. 15, 2002. "Repeating the pattern of U.S. aid packages
to the Philippines during the Marcos dictatorship, U.S. military assistance
continues to outpace support for anti-poverty programs. The Bush administration
has earmarked $70.2 million in military aid to the Philippines this
year, a more than three-fold increase over the $22.1 million in 2001."
- "A Dossier on Civilian Victims of the United States' aerial Bombing
of Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting" by Marc W. Herold, Professor
of Economics and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire,
Jan. 6, 2002. "What causes the documented high level of civilian casualities
- 3,767 (thru Dec. 6, 2001) civilian deaths in eight and a half weeks
- in the U.S. air war upon Afghanistan?" After culling internet sources
to document the number of civilian casualties, Professor Herold says,
"The explanation is the apparent willingness of U.S. military strategists
to fire missiles into and drop bombs upon, heavily populated areas of
- "The New War Against Terror" An interview with professor Noam
Chomsky, October 18, 2001. Transcribed from a live lecture at MIT. Chomsky
focuses on the broader goals and history of U.S. foreign policy, including
U.S. actions in Nicaragua in the 1980s and relations with the World
- "The Fight Against Totalitarianism"
by Karl Jaspers (1963).
"Bombing Alters Afghans' Views
of U.S." by Alissa J. Rubin, Los Angeles Times staff writer
(Los Angeles Times), Nov. 5, 2001. "With the rising civilian
deaths, a nation once regarded as a savior is increasingly being seen
as the enemy--and the Taliban as a victim."
"The Illogic of War"
by Roger Peace (TNJP web page), Nov. 1, 2001. "If the goal of
the United States is to create an effective, global anti-terrorist
network, the current strategy of bombing Afghanistan is counterproductive."
(John, please link this to my article on the "About TNJP page.")
- "September 11 And Its Aftermath"
by Michael Albert and Stephen R Shalom (Z Magazine, October 2001). This
article, written on Sept. 17th, consists of 47 questions and answers
on the terrorist bombing, what should be done about it, and U.S. foreign
policy in general. Highly critical of U.S. foreign policy, the authors
assert that the U.S. must work through the United Nations and not take
action "without a full presentation of the evidence assigning culpability."
- "Brutality smeared in peanut butter:
Why American must stop the war now" by Arundhati Roy, published
in Guardian Unlimited, Oct. 23, 2001. "Each innocent person that
is killed must be added to, not set off against, the grisly toll of
civilians who died in New York and Washington."
- "Ten Reasons to Stop Bombing Afghanistan"
by Don Hazen (AlterNet, Oct. 19, 2001). "Despite almost universal
agreement that America 'needs to do something' in response to terrorism,
our heavy bombing of Afghanistan increasingly looks like a bad idea."
Hazen lists ten reasons why. He concludes: "Why not treat terrorists
like the criminals they are, building a long-term, world-wide coalition
to stop terrorism that includes the U.N. and world court?"
- "The United States Response
to the September 11th Attack: If Not Military Force and War, Then What?
Ten Points" by the Friends Committee on National Legislation,
Sept. 26, 2001.
- "To Prevent Terrorism, U.S. Foreign
Policy Must Change" by General Charles Horner, the retired
Air Force commander of the Gulf War, distributed by Knight-Ridder Tribune
Media Services - September 21, 2001. Gen. Horner examines the motives
of those who attack the United States.
- "U.S. can have security or revenge,
not both" by Robert Bowman, PhD, LTC, USAF, Retired former
director of the Space Defense program under Presidents Ford and Carter,
and veteran of 101 combat missions over Vietnam. Guest column, published
in Florida Today, Sept. 17, 2001.
- "How to defeat bin Laden"
by Michael Klare; September 13, 2001. "The U.S. should drop its
war rhetoric and convince the Islamic world that he is a dangerous fugitive
from justice... As an alternative to military action of this sort, I
propose a strategy that combines global law enforcement collaboration
plus moral and religious combat. It would compel the Bush administration
to drop its war rhetoric and instead treat its hunt for bin Laden as
a criminal investigation."
- "Ashcroft's unlawful rule: Attorney General John Ashcroft
wants to shatter attorney-client privilege, constitutionally protected
by the Sixth Amendment, at his discretion" St. Petersburg Times
editorial, Nov. 15, 2001. "In cases where he believes attorneys
and their clients are acting in concert to further terrorism, Ashcroft
has ordered the monitoring of their conversations and mail. According
to the rule, published in the Federal Register without the usual public
comment period, there will be no oversight by a judge to determine the
reasonableness of the department's breach of attorney-client confidentiality.
The discretion would rest entirely with the attorney general."
- "Detention and Accountability" New York Times editorial,
October 19, 2001. "The continuing terrorism threat justifies aggressive
efforts by the Justice Department to get to the root of the Sept. 11
attacks and to prevent future disasters. It does not justify the department's
refusal to provide basic information about the hundreds of people who
have been arrested and detained."
- "The Court That Wields the Wiretaps Policy: Bush seeks to
extend the reach of a secret panel that approves government surveillance"
by Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 2001.
- "Where hard evidence is lacking, fear fills the void"
Mary Jo Melone, Sept. 30, 2001, St. Petersburg Times opinion article.
- "An authoritarian agenda: Tom Warner, a candidate for state
attorney general, in the wake of the terrorist attacks, advocates intrusive
changes that would trample Floridians' constitutional protections"
St Petersburg Times editorial, Sept. 29. 2001.
- "Terrorism and the Four Freedoms" Doris Haddock,
AKA Granny "D" Haddock, who walked across the U.S. in 1999-2000
for campaign finance reform (AlterNet, Sept. 28, 2001).
- "Privacy hit in Senate's war on terrorism" by Robyn
E. Blumner, St. Petersburg Times,
September 23, 2001.
- "Bigots who target Muslims deserve harshest punishment"
Florida Today editorial, Sept. 20, 2001.