Issues / War & Peace
In the United States and around the world, many are questioning why, despite some mild rebukes, Washington has maintained its large-scale military, financial, and diplomatic support for the Israeli occupation in the face of unprecedented violations of international law and human rights standards by Israeli occupation forces.
A year and one-half into his tenure and on the brink of pushing the military budget over $400 billion per year, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has finally decided to cancel a major weapons program in the name of military "transformation."
Unless the U.S. is willing to use its power to strengthen the political and economic processes that will help rebuild and modernize the country, there is the danger that ethnic divisions could again split the country.
The Powell mission, whatever fig leaf it produces, has shown that the United States is unable or unwilling to impose peace. The only solution is for the whole world to join together and force the two sides to back off.
Not since the dawn of the nuclear age at the end of World War II has the danger of nuclear war been greater.
In a speech marking the 6-month anniversary of September 11th, President George Bush envisioned a "peaceful world beyond terror" where "disputes can be settled within the bounds of reason and good will and mutual security."
Israelis and Palestinians desperately need the awakening of the international community's public opinion and a reversal in the global attitude.
A powerful group of neo-conservatives is launching a new public relations campaign in support of President George W. Bush's war on terrorism.
Bin Laden's secret strategy is to prod the United States into bankruptcy.
The roots of Colombia's conflict are deep and complicated, and will require a creative mix of strategies to solve it.