The combination of popular anger, government action and backing from leading CEOs is creating a tipping point: There is now no shortage of good intentions in the fight against corruption, nor of proposals for action.
The "brave new world" of computer warfare -- in all its frightening aspects -- desperately needs some rules and limits. Communications spying and drone attacks are only the precursors for what could be eventually deployed against the United States.
It is horrific to envision the scene at those hospitals the day of the alleged attacks. For health care professionals, the most difficult task in such a situation is immediately determining what type of poison the patient was exposed to, in order to choose the proper course of treatment.
With the exception of a few intellectuals who truly believe in the democratic system of governance based on Western-like principles, the majority of the Syrian opposition forces appear to be as ruthless as the regime they are fighting to overthrow.
The use of Agent Orange on civilian populations violates the laws of war; yet no one has been held to account. Taxpayers pick up the tab of the Agent Orange Compensation fund for U. S. Veterans at a cost of 1.52 billion dollars a year.
While you defend drones as the least bad option in going after terrorist suspects, and while you stated a willingness to cede some authority to wage such warfare to greater oversight, it remains the case that your targeted killings abroad may actually be creating new dangers for us at home.
If there has to be a library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, let it be named after the man who actually ran the country, and not the man who simply nodded his head in affirmation. Let's call it the "Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney Presidential Library."
Amnesty International has produced compelling evidence of massacres, mass abduction, detention beatings, killings and torture by anti-Libyan militia -- backed by the British, French and U.S. So will a post-Assad Syria be any different?
By letting American officials, lawyers and interrogators get away with torture - and indeed, murder - the United States sacrifices any right to scold or punish other countries for their human rights violations.
For the past 51 years, the Vietnamese people have been attempting to address this legacy of war by trying to get the United States and the chemical companies to accept responsibility for this ongoing nightmare.
As with any country involved in violent trauma, critically reflecting upon the crimes' occurrence, causes and prevention is a necessary process for the sake of the population's own mental well-being. After 9/11, America replaced self-reflection with going to war.
If Bradley Manning did what he is accused of doing, he should not be tried as a criminal. He should be hailed as a national hero, much like Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon Papers helped to expose the government's lies and end the Vietnam War.
And as long as the U.S. remains "at war" either literally or rhetorically, either directly or by proxy, we will continue to present our infrastructure as legitimate targets to our adversaries. If we want to be safe, we have to end the wars!