Category Archives: terrorism

Regarding Rushdie and the limits of satire


Salman Rushdie has issued an eloquent denunciation of the fanatics who slew 12 in Paris in the name of their god: I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been … Continue reading

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Stalin would have smiled at Manning’s sentence


Ben Wizner of the ACLU sums up why he thinks decent people everywhere should be disgusted by the 35-year prison sentence imposed on Bradley Manning this week: When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished … Continue reading

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American exceptionalism, in a nutshell


Spokespersons for the U.S. military often refer to anti-American combatants as “bad guys,” as if opposition to U.S. foreign policy is the same as immorality. As if killing on behalf of the U.S. government makes you exempt from bad-guy status. … Continue reading

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Killer drones are people, too


Q. What’s the difference between a terrorist who bombs civilian centers and a military pilot who does the same thing? A. Usually, it’s only a matter of altitude, although the terrorist is likely to be hunted down and the pilot … Continue reading

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