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William Pfaff

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  • To the brink again for Israel and Gaza

    PARIS -- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel...
  • What exacly would Israel like to do with its Palestinian population?

    PARIS -- What exactly is it that Israel intends to do with the Palestinians now in the territories that it has just opened for home construction for Jewish settlers, thereby extending its policy of occupying and annexing what are legally Palestinian...
  • As Hollande struggles, so does the opposition

    PARIS -- France has a double crisis. Its ruling political party, Francois Hollande's Socialist, is in a state of catatonia, usually defined as a condition of incoherence with alternate periods of stupor and activity. More below about that. Former...
  • Syrian chemical weapons threat eerily familiar?

    PARIS -- Since the beginning of December, military gas (sarin, a nerve agent) has claimed a major place in discussion of the civil war in Syria. The Syrian government has admitted to holding major stocks of (unidentified military) gas in or near the areas...
  • Global governance at heart of failed foreign policies

    PARIS -- The first time I heard there was a "war" against Westphalia was in a talk given to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 2003 by George W. Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice. She said that the Westphalian system...
  • Need for straight talk from US Defense Department

    PARIS -- Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak. At the end of 1941, following Pearl Harbor, the United States had a War Department,...
  • Final presidential debate offers unclear choice of troubling policies

    PARIS -- The third American presidential debate was of negligible interest as a test of the qualities of the candidates, whatever it did or did not do to the presidential horserace odds -- probably not much. What it did accomplish was to add to the...
  • Drone warfare an illegal tactic sure to perpetuate US-Muslim war indefinitely

    PARIS -- It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end the American war with the Muslim world that began on September 11 in 2001. It...
  • Obama reelection the result of increasingly diverse electorate

    PARIS -- Abroad, the widely noted aspect of Barack Obama's reelection victory was its social and class character. The president was reelected by a majority of American minorities. He won 93 percent of the African-American vote, which is hardly surprising,...
  • Time for the West to cease intervention

    PARIS -- We have today entered a new political -- or politico-religious -- period in which the Muslim peoples of the Middle East are seizing control of their own fortunes, a control lost as a result of the First World War and the defeat of the Ottoman...
  • Military interventions rarely fulfill their goals

    PARIS -- Military interventions by powerful nations into lesser ones, such as now continues in Mali (and Afghanistan), and is being urged by many into the Syrian civil war, are inherently reckless since even the most powerful states can have the whole...
  • U.S. and Israel push the boundaries of international law

    PARIS -- In 2009, the former head of the international law department of Israel's military establishment, Daniel Reisner, said that "International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it. At...