Articles War Zones

  • US Military Should Get Out of the Middle East

    USA Politics

    It’s time to end US military engagements in the Middle East. Drones, special operations, CIA arms supplies, military advisers, aerial bombings — the whole nine yards. Over and done with. That might seem impossible in the face of ISIS, terrorism, Iranian ballistic missiles, and other US security interests, but a military withdrawal from the Middle East is by far the safest path for the United States and the region.

  • How to Beat Terrorism: Stop Making the Same 7 Mistakes

    Middle East

    In the wake of the barbaric London terror attack, everyone is debating how to stop further terrorism. Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or more spying … or more crackdowns on our liberties. But – despite what the talking heads may say – the methods for stopping future attacks are well known. We’ve got to drain the swamp. We need to stop supporting terrorists.

  • The US-NATO Invasion of Libya Destroyed the Country Beyond All Recognition

    Africa

    The UN’s Martin Kobler warned of a ‘dangerous escalation’ in Libya. That phrase sounds shopworn. It has been used so often. There is no end to the war. Like a moving kaleidoscope the fighters change sides. Their loyalties are hard to read. It is even harder to understand the suffering of the people. At NATO headquarters they still smirk about their successful war in Libya. It is a war that broke this country.

  • Interview: Andrew Bacevich on American militarism

    USA Politics

    The election of Donald Trump raised serious questions about the direction of US foreign policy. Would the president seek better diplomatic relations with Russia? Would he step up, or deescalate, conflict in the Middle East? So far, there are few indications this Republican administration will change course from that of its predecessor.

  • Nazis, NATO, and Canada’s Latvian Love-in

    Canadian Politics

    The official spin on NATO deploying some 4,000 troops — including an estimated 450 Canadians — into the Baltic States is that this will be a tangible deterrent to the evil Russians. Such a bold troop deployment right on the Russian border could also be viewed as an unnecessary provocation towards the Kremlin.

  • Debating Syria Productively

    Middle East

    Those of us in countries like Canada, UK and the U.S. need to strongly oppose the brutal war in Yemen and the siege of civilians in Mosul and any and all intervention in Syria. We need to understand that solidarity with the people of Syria, Iraq and the entire region begins with us actually stopping the reflexive reaction to intervene in countries we don’t live in.

  • We Must Understand Syria as a Popular Struggle Despite Its Complications

    Human Rights

    As leftists, our support must go to the revolutionary people struggling for freedom and emancipation. Only through their own collective action can the Syrian people achieve their goals. This concept, which is at the heart of revolutionary politics, faces profound skepticism from some sections of the left. This should not prevent us, however, from building our solidarity on this basis.

  • Why the Evacuation of Aleppo May Not Happen

    Middle East

    Ceasefires in Syria are difficult to arrange and particularly likely to collapse because their successful implementation involves so many parties inside and outside the country who hate and would like to kill each other. All of these powers have their own agendas that may have little to do with the wellbeing of those who want to leave a besieged enclave in safety.

  • Syria and the Antiwar Tradition

    War Zones

    The highly complex nature of the Syrian war involving a multitude of foreign states and non-state actors would, in the best of times, present the left with a real challenge to find political clarity. The fact that this is occurring precisely when the antiwar movement in countries like Canada and the United States are relatively weak only adds to the confusion.

  • Canadian complicity and the Saudi-led war on Yemen

    Canadian Politics

    Today, it is hard to see Canada as anything but fully complicit in the currently one-sided, year-long bombing crusade by Saudi Arabia, supported fully by the US. Nothing we can say will stop them, and I suppose Dion rests peacefully at night knowing he injected 3,000 jobs into the Canadian economy so that a violent dictatorship could continue to bomb its neighbours at will.

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