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Recommended recent articles from Historians Against the War

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

“Report on Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa Distorts Its History”
By Gareth Porter, AntiWar.com, posted April 18

“A Black Indian March for Peace, 1861-1862″
By William Loren Katz, Portside.org, posted April 16

“Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster: What History Should Teach Us about Blockading Iran”
By Juan Cole, TomDispatch.com, posted April 12
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

“The Afghan Syndrome: Vietnam Has Left Town, Say Hello to the New Syndrome on the Block”
By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted April 10

“U.S. Military Atrocities Abroad”
By Ambeth R. Ocampo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, posted April 10
Relates the U.S.-Philippine War to Vietnam and Afghanistan

“Heard the One about the Peace Activist on the Titanic?”
By David Swanson, War Is a Crime.org, posted April 9

“Left Behind: What We Lost in Iraq and Washington, 2009-2012″
By Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch.com, posted April 8

“Waist Deep in Big Muddy, Again?”
By Mark Solomon, Portside.org, posted April 7

“Thinking the Unthinkable on Iran”
By Jonathan Schell, The Nation, posted April 6

“Our Men in Iran?”
By Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker blog, posted April 6

Update and articles from Historians Against the War

AHA Convention (Chicago, January 5-8)

Historians Against the War will have a literature table (shared with the Radical History Review) from 11:30 to 2:30 on Friday on Level 2 of the Sheraton Chicago (the headquarters hotel).  The table will be in the common area of Level 2, called the LB Promenade.

Also on Friday, a special session on the jobs crisis, chaired by the AHA president and with Jesse Lemisch as one of the speakers, has been called for 1:00 to 2:30 in Chicago Ballroom VI, also in the Sheraton Chicago.

Among other sessions of interest is one on “Cold War Policing and the American Empire,” chaired by Alfred McCoy, 2:30 – 4:30 Friday in Chicago Ballroom A of the Chicago Marriott Downtown.  The on-line program for the convention is at http://aha.confex.com/aha/2012/webprogram/start.html.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

“Iran and Historical Forgetting”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/03/iran-and-historical-forgetting

By John Grant, CounterPunch.org, posted January 3

 

“Debacle: How Two Wars in the Greater Middle East Revealed the Weakness of the Global Superpower”

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175484

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted January 3

 

“Will His New Sanctions on Iran Cost Obama the Presidency?”

http://www.juancole.com/2012/01/will-his-new-sanctions-on-iran-cost-obama-the-presidency.html

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted January 3

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

 

“Iraq: Remembering Those Responsible”

http://www.truth-out.org/iraq-remember-those-responsible/1325433300

By Stephen Zunes, TruthOut.org, posted January 1

 

“The United States as a Global Power: New World Disorder”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/28/us-global-power-new-world-disorder

Editorial in The Guardian, posted December 29

 

“Korea and the US Policy of Perpetual War”

http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/harry-targ-korea-and-us-policy-of.html

By Harry Targ, The Rag Blog Digest, posted December 29

 

“Q&A: Have Human Rights Been Left Behind in Egypt? On Condition of Anonymity, Representatives of Human Rights Organisations Talk about the Current Situation in Egypt”

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/12/20111213115244470203.html

By Mark LeVine, Aljazeers, posted December 29

The author teaches history at the University of California, Irvine

 

“Prospects for Peace on Earth”

http://warisacrime.org/content/prospects-peace-earth

By David Swanson, War Is a Crime.org, posted December 22

 

“David Montgomery, Grand Master Workman”

http://www.thenation.com/article/165235/david-montgomery-grand-master-workman?rel=emailNation

By Dana Frank, The Nation, posted December 19

The author teaches history at the University of California, Santa Cruz

 

“Iraq: No Comfort in Being Right”

http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2011/12/12/iraq-no-comfort-in-being-right/

By Kelly B. Vlahos, antiwar.com, posted December 12

Retrospective analysis of the Iraq occupation

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“Is a Nuclear War with China Possible?”
By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted November 28
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany

“The Militarization of American Police Has Long Historical Roots”
By Jeremy Kuzmarov, History News Network, posted November 28
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa

“Wes Clark and the Neocon Dream”
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com, posted November 26

“NYPD Raid on Occupy’s Zuccotti Park Destroyed Thousands of Books”
By Gianna Palmer, McClatchy Newspapers, posted November 23

“Violence Goes to College”
By Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch.org, posted November 22
The author teaches history at Trinity College

“Seymour Hersh: Propaganda Used Ahead of the Iraq War Is Now Being Reused over Iran’s Nuke Program”
Interview with Seymour Hersh on Democracy Now, posted on Alternet.org November 22

“Occupy Wall Street”
By Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie, Strategic Culture Foundation, posted November 17
The author teaches history at Howard University

“Who Said Gaddafi Had to Go?”
By Hugh Roberts, London Review of Books, November 17 issue

“Big Change Whether We Like It or Not: Only Washington Is Clueless”
By Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted November 13
The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University

“Protest Planet: How a Neoliberal Shell Game Created an Age of Activism”
By Juan Cole, TomDispatch.com, posted November 10
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

“Why the US Recognized Israel” (full version of article previously cited)
By Irene Gendzier, Israeli Occupation Archive, posted November 9
The author teaches history at Boston University

“China and the US: The Roadmaps”
By Pepe Escobar, Aljazeera, posted October 31

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“No Exit: America Has an Impressive Record of Starting Wars but a Dismal One of Ending Them Well”
By Andrew Bacevich, American Conservative, February 1 issue
The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University.

“Haiti’s Troubled History with the U.S. and France”
By Marc Becker, History News Network, posted January 19
The author teaches Latin American history at Truman State University. This article was sent in e-mail form to the HAW-Info list on January 17.

“U.S. Military Escalation in Afghanistan: A Response to President Obama”
By Richard Drake, History News Network, posted January 18
The author teaches history at the University of Montana

[review essay on The Guantanamo Lawyers and Guantanamo USA]
By Jeremy Kuzmarov, History News Network, posted January 17
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa

“Iran, 1979 and 2010″
By Dilip Hiro and Tom Englehardt, TomDispatch.com, posted January 12

“Nuclear Terrorism: How It Can Be Prevented”
By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted January 11
The author teaches history at Vassar College

“Yemen: The Latest U.S. Battleground”
By Stephen Zunes, Huffington Post, posted January 8

“Obama’s Alternate Universe”
By Scott Ritter, Truthdig.com, posted January 8

Pilger: How We are Prepared for Another War of Aggression

In a piece titled “The Lying Game: How We are Prepared for Prepared for Another War of Aggression,” journalist John Pilger compares the current drum-beating for war against Iran, based on a fake “nuclear threat”, with the manufacture of a sense of false crisis that led to invasion of Iraq and the deaths of 1.3 million people.

Obama is giving us what he promised: war in Afghanistan. The expansion strategy and the public’s distaste for ware are nearly mirror images of the run-up to Bush’s fiasco in Iraq.

Obama’s “showdown” with Iran has another agenda. On both sides of the Atlantic the media have been tasked with preparing the public for endless war. The US/Nato commander General Stanley McChrystal says 500,000 troops will be required in Afghanistan over five years, according to America’s NBC. The goal is control of the “strategic prize” of the gas and oilfields of the Caspian Sea, central Asia, the Gulf and Iran – in other words, Eurasia. But the war is opposed by 69 per cent of the British public, 57 per cent of the US public and almost every other human being. Convincing “us” that Iran is the new demon will not be easy. McChrystal’s spurious claim that Iran “is reportedly training fighters for certain Taliban groups” is as desperate as Brown’s pathetic echo of “a line in the sand”.

During the Bush years, according to the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, a military coup took place in the US, and the Pentagon is now ascendant in every area of American foreign policy. A measure of its control is the number of wars of aggression being waged simultaneously and the adoption of a “first-strike” doctrine that has lowered the threshold on nuclear weapons, together with the blurring of the distinction between nuclear and conventional weapons.

All this mocks Obama’s media rhetoric about “a world without nuclear weapons”. In fact, he is the Pentagon’s most important acquisition. His acquiescence with its demand that he keep on Bush’s secretary of “defence” and arch war-maker, Robert Gates, is unique in US history. He has proved his worth with escalated wars from south Asia to the Horn of Africa. Like Bush’s America, Obama’s America is run by some very dangerous people. We have a right to be warned. When will those paid to keep the record straight do their job?