A young Tom Cruise loving his machine gun in "Taps"

The Persistence of War

W.J. Astore “[W]ar is a distressing, ghastly, harrowing, horrific, fearsome and deplorable business.  How can its actual awfulness be described to anyone?”  Stuart Hills, By Tank Into Normandy, p. 244 “[E]very generation is doomed to fight its war, to endure the same old experiences, suffer the loss of the same old illusions, and learn the…

Sunsets are pretty, unless the sun is setting on prospects for peace (Photo by W. Astore)

With Peace Envoys like Martin Indyk, the Sun is Still Setting on Israeli-Palestinian Relations

b. traven John Kerry, America’s Secretary of State, has spent the last four months cobbling together a new Palestinian-Israeli peace process charade.  To this end, he’s appointed Martin Indyk as his “Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian (Peace) Negotiations.” Why has the U.S. media failed to assess this appointment in any critical way?  If Indyk had been Muslim…