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What Do We Owe Afghanistan?

The 20-year war in Afghanistan is often spoken of as a well-intentioned failure. In fact, it was a major crime originating in bloodlust and an indifference to Afghan lives. The U.S. bears a major responsibility for the present suffering of Afghans and has an obligation to undo the damage it has inflicted.

Drone Skies

America’s drone wars mean many around the world have to fear a clear blue sky.

The Idiotic Logic That Will Lead To Nuclear War

Mitt Romney thinks we shouldn’t worry about taking steps that make Putin more likely to use nuclear weapons.

How the War in Ukraine Can Be Ended

Journalist and international relations scholar Anatol Lieven on the facts about the war in Ukraine that are left out of mainstream American discourse.

Is The U.S. Actually Trying to Help Ukraine?

It looks increasingly like the U.S. is more interested in undermining Russia’s power than in saving Ukrainian lives. The U.S. needs to help end the war, not escalate it into a disastrous global confrontation.

The “Clash of Civilizations” Thesis Is Still Ignorant Nonsense

Mentally arranging the world into homogeneous “civilizations” makes us oblivious to the world’s complexity as well as to our shared humanity with those considered mysterious Others.

Is Russian Brutality Toward Civilians Actually Unique?

What is presented as a uniquely “Russian” type of warfare, with high civilian casualties, is not dissimilar from attacks by the U.S. and its allies. Let us examine the facts that challenge our narratives in addition to those that confirm them.

Why It’s So Hard to Face the Threat Posed by Nuclear Weapons

Acknowledging the horror of nuclear war does not mean we must be incapacitated by this knowledge. We are capable of preventing nuclear war.

We Can’t Lapse Into Russophobia

The need to put extreme pressure on the Russian government over its crimes should not lead to the stigmatization and punishment of every person from Russia. Collectively blaming groups for the actions of their autocratic governments is wrong. Anti-war Russians are allies who should be embraced.

Can We Have an Intelligent Adult Conversation About Russia?

We should simultaneously condemn Putin’s criminal war of aggression and be careful not to slip into arrogant insanity ourselves. Wars bring out the worst in all sides, and creating a world without war will require the United States to be self-critical rather than self-righteous.

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