COMMENTARY: America Needs To Try To Avoid Wars


Posted: March 11, 2012 at 3:51 a.m.

If Americans don’t start thinking seriously about the current battle fervor in the Middle East, we may soon find ourselves dragged into another foolish and counterproductive war.

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Opinion, Pages 15 on 03/11/2012

Terrific piece Professor Hobson.

We must recognize that the Arab world is rapidly changing and these changes necessarily will affect all international military and diplomatic dynamics.

The central unresolved conflict in the region, the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, must be addressed differently. Threatening Iran is not helpful. A military strike against Iran would be disastrous.

The J Street leadership encourages a two state solution and lends support to the Palestinian National Authority, or to any organization dedicated to non-violent resistance to the occupation.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti with the Palestinian National Initiative speaks eloquently for non-violent change invoking the influence of King, Mandela and Gandhi.

Posted by: FrankLloydLeft

March 11, 2012 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Yes, this is a fine column..
I can't understand how people can seriously consider the idea of U.S. declaring war on Iran. So much fallout, blowback, and existential risk!
Iran is a much larger and stronger country than either Afghanistan or Iraq, and it is right next to Russia, which tends to support it.
Among things that the armchair warriors may not have considered is that such action could well bring terrorist actions to our soil and that there could be a great disruption of oil supply and theefore of the world economy.
It would make things more dangerous for our troops still left in the region.
I assume they are not worried about "Armageddon" because they mistakenly thnk that it would all be "over there" and not affect us that much.Maybe if they're not worried about millions of people dying, they might be worried about $10/gal gasoline.

Posted by: Coralie

March 11, 2012 at 3:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )