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Obama, Putin, A Beheaded Child And Poison Gas

Daniel Williams | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

The beheading of a child and use of poison gas in Syria ought to awaken Obama and Putin to the dangers of sticking with their chosen allies. But it won't happen.

This Week in World War I, April 18-24, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Poison Gas: The Second Battle of Ypres British Soldiers Wounded by Chlorine Gas, Second Battle of Ypres With the arrival of spring on the Western...

Syria: What Would Neville Do?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

What has this story to do with the Syrian situation? Once you get beyond the observation that Obama and Chamberlain were both political leaders, the similarities become obscure. America is clearly the strongest nation in the world. Unpreparedness is not an issue here.

Poison Values

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Poison gas is not only a "moral obscenity" -- one the United States stockpiled for decades after its use was banned in warfare -- but a metaphor for human recklessness and wasted science.

Random Notes and Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Alarming concept: a TV series starring Flo, the Progressive Insurance lady. Matt Damon is having Jimmy Stewart's career. The Kardashians are having...

Cherry-Picking Evil

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Yes, we feel the outrage of Syria's horrific civil war, and no, we're not content doing nothing about that or any other massacre taking place on the planet, whether perpetrated by ally or designated enemy. But we're sick of the inane "solutions."

Did Al Assad Lie to Charlie Rose?

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

"Assad was a master of evasion, dodging, weaving, demanding absolute certainty; he treated the interview as a game of chess, making the necessary moves to avoid having to admit the evidence he knows (I believe) is there."

An Open Letter to Congress on Syria

William Astore | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
William Astore

I implore you to vote "no" on military intervention in Syria. No vital U.S. interest is at stake, and an attack will have unforeseen consequences that are nearly impossible to predict. The proper response to the Assad regime's use of poison gas is not more killing.

Punishing Assad

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Richard W. Kropf

Can we rightly punish Assad for doing what his country never agreed not to do? Finger-pointing or worse, missile-pointing on our part at the bad guys of the world for breaking treaties that they never agreed to is rather useless, or even hypocritical.

Silence Is Not Golden

Marisa Fox | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Marisa Fox

I, for one, don't want to look back at Syria, the way I'm now looking back at Rwanda and the start of World War II. I know military strikes aren't simple. I understand the consequences. I know the heavy price soldiers pay. My mother was one.

Responding to Killer Gas

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

What's a President to do when confronted with killer gas? But let's say that the gas in question threatens the President's own country and that Tomahawk missiles are utterly irrelevant. I refer not to poison gas released in a Damascus suburb, but to greenhouse gases.

Syria and a UN With Teeth?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

If any effective way of settling disputes or preventing bloody conflict in the future is to come about, the whole structure of the UN needs to be changed.

Putin's Baby

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Jeff Danziger


Red Line Time

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Crying Gas

Michele Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michele Morris

Almost fifty years ago naturalist Rachel Carson wrote her landmark book Silent Spring, which warned against the danger of "putting poisonous and biolo...