How America Made ISIS

ISIS lives and breathes and grows, and across the Greater Middle East Islamic extremist organizations are gaining membership and traction in ways that should illuminate just what the war on terror has really delivered, writes Tom Engelhardt.

Washington’s Latest War Fever

War fever is running high again in Official Washington with pols and pundits demanding that President Obama order a major military intervention in Iraq and Syria to stop the violent jihadists of ISIS, a group that got its start with the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, as ex-CIA analyst Paul Pillar recalls.

IS Back in Business

Emerging in an increasingly chaotic Middle East, the Islamic State profits from the region’s growing sectarianism, political vacuum and the ambivalence of the West, stresses Peter Harling.

Inside Fallujah: Crowded Cemeteries, Flattened Buildings And Potential Revolution

Getting into Fallujah is far from easy. One must pass through dozens of Iraqi army checkpoints followed by dozens of checkpoints manned by the gunmen who now control the city, writesMustafa Habib.

Now That The Guns Have Been Silenced

The invasion and reoccupation of Gaza could have ended Hamas’ provocations, its ability to fire thousands more rockets, and terrorizing of the Israelis, but the cost would have been enormous in blood and treasure, says Alon Ben-Meir.

Judging Israeli-Palestinian Demands

Neither side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict wants to accept a return to the status quo prior to the latest bloodshed, but there are differences between the reasonableness of the conflicting demands and how the world should see them, as John V. Whitbeck explains.

Seeking Accountability for Gaza

Israel and the Obama administration insist that Israel’s recent slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza was justified by indiscriminate rocket fire from the blockaded area, but some international law advocates think the disproportionate response justifies prosecution of Israeli and U.S. officials for war crimes, says Marjorie Cohn.

Is Hamas winning the Gaza war?

The effects of Hamas’ strategy are already evident on the ground. Beyond having been forced into a war of attrition, Israeli towns and settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip have turned a majority of their residents into internal refugees, notes James M. Dorsey.

Antidote to the Islamic State Threat

Stop the abusive and criminal policies that have demeaned millions of decent Arab men and women and shaped Arab countries for the past half a century, urges Rami G. Khouri.

The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

If you’re a reader with access to the Internet, you’re living in a new golden age of investigative journalism. Woodward and Bernstein may be a fading memory in this country, but from Asia to Africa to Latin America, muckrakers have corrupt officials and corporate cronies on the run, reports Anya Schiffrin.

PM Netanyahu: 'Show Me the Science!'

Can PM Netanyahu cite any scientific research published in reputable peer-reviewed journals showing that bombardment will create full security and quiet? Asks Dr. David Leffler.

A Lesson Israel and Hamas Should Remember

Ideally the solution will have to be based on the establishment of a long-term ceasefire that will provide the basis for the demilitarization of Gaza and ending the blockade over time and in phases, writes Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

A Symbolic Symmetry Amidst Military Futility

Can diplomacy allow Palestinians and Israelis simultaneously to live without being attacked by the other, but also in freedom to move, trade, fish, build and travel? Asks Rami G. Khouri.

Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

The “war on terror” has failed because it did not target the jihadi movement as a whole and, above all, was not aimed at Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the two countries that fostered jihadism as a creed and a movement, says Patrick Cockburn.

The American Cult of Bombing

As the US heads into another round of bombing in Iraq, already promised to last for “months,” William J. Astore explores the American cult of both the bomber and of bombing. After all, as he points out, if anyone had predicted in the 1980s (when Washington was an ally of Iraq) that four American presidents in a row would order the repeated bombing of that country, you would have thought that person mad.

Can Abadi Survive Washington’s Political Games?

The pressure on the Iraq military and through subversion will deepen the Iraqi nightmare. Replacing Maliki with Abadi is just a deceitful political game. Only naïve people believe in its good intentions, writes Abbas J. Ali.

The Riddle of Citizen Views on Arab Statehood

The advent of the IS and apparent adherence to it by some Sunni tribes in Syria and Iraq is the latest attestation of the fickle and thin nature of citizen allegiance to the contemporary centralized Arab state, argues Rami G. Khouri.

Obama’s Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle

With Nouri al-Maliki agreeing to step aside in favor of Haider al Abadi, Iraq may have passed its first hurdle on the way to forming the kind of government that will be needed to defeat the Islamic State, argues James Zogby.

 
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