Category Archive: Iraq

Dec 04 2015

Beyond bomb, bomb, bomb

A Brief History of ISIS

By , 12.3.15

 

In the wake of the November 13 attacks in Paris, much of the Left has linked the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to the deepening imperialist violence in the Middle East.

War and imperialism, on one side, and the growing reach of jihadist terrorism, on the other, are said to be locked together in a mutually reinforcing embrace of violence and destruction. … [more]

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Dec 03 2015

What if he’s right?

What If We Really Are Defeating ISIS?

By Jeffrey Hutchins, 2015

 

As soon as the first big snowstorm of 2015 hit, there were people who said it is proof that “global warming” is a hoax. Of course, it’s no such thing. One storm, one cold spell, even one lasting many days, or even one brutal winter does not overturn a mountain of evidence that the globe’s climate is changing and generally growing warmer.

And so it is with terrorist attacks. … [more]

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Nov 25 2015

Their own culpability

How the United States helped create the Islamic State

By Juan Cole, November 23

 

Did the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 lead to our current crisis over the Islamic State?

The question has been posed baldly in this campaign season, as when a young woman at a campaign rally said to GOP candidate Jeb Bush (using an alternate name for the militant group), “Your brother created ISIL.” It was not so much the invasion itself, … [more]

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Nov 25 2015

Original sin

The Politics of Thanksgiving Day

By William Loren Katz, November 26, 2014

 

With family excitement building with the approach of Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. We would do well to recognize Native American resistance to colonialism on Thanksgiving instead of the myths about Native American dinner with Pilgrims.

Thanksgiving remains the most treasured holiday in the United States, honored by the White House since Abraham Lincoln initiated the holiday to rouse northern patriotism … [more]

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Nov 17 2015

Something fundamentally disturbing

France Has Been No Friend to Muslims

By Gordon Adams, November 17, 2015

 

Once again, a violent jihadi terrorist attack has hit France, this time with at least 450 victims, 129 of them fatal. Rallying around the French flag, even pasting it over our Facebook avatars, follows, because an attack on European soil somehow “exports” the war in the Middle East to our front doors. We remember and mourn Berlin, Madrid, London, and New York. But deaths at … [more]

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Feb 22 2015

If in the next breath

Beating Back ISIS

By Martin Accad, February 20, 2015

 

Every few days, we seem to wake up to another massacre committed by ISIS. And these are, of course, only the ones that the media reports. ISIS, in reality, is committing massacres on a daily basis. We have become familiar with their crimes in Syria and Iraq since last summer. But now their latest playfield, we are learning, is Libya. And their latest scapegoats are the Copts of Egypt.… [more]

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Feb 22 2015

We ought not to underrate its emotional appeal

 

What ISIS Really Wants

By Graeme Wood, March 2015

 

What is the Islamic State?

Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic … [more]

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