January 15, 2013
Re "The killing drones on," Opinion, Jan. 10 As Michael Kinsley points out, there are thousands and thousands of pages of legal analysis, treaties, definitions and conventions regarding the rules of war. All of these are internationally accepted. But now, our government is attempting to justify its use of drones in other nations by defining the legal justification for doing so after the fact. That would be akin to an accused murderer drafting laws on homicide after committing the act. We may have the need to use drones, but that need does not give us the right under current international laws and treaties to do so. Jean-Claude Demirdjian Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Shape up or else Letters: Act now to save the planet Letters: 'Silicon Beach' has enough money
February 19, 2012 |
Well into the second decade of what the Pentagon calls an "era of persistent conflict," many Americans have lost the thread of a war that appears increasingly fragmented and diffuse. On the one hand, the U.S. militaryhas withdrawn from Iraq without achieving victory, and it's trying to leave Afghanistan, where events seem equally unlikely to yield a happy outcome. On the other hand - in Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere - U.S. forces have been busily opening new fronts.
April 8, 2009 |
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton let slip last week that the Obama administration has finally abandoned the phrase "war on terror." Its absence had been noted by commentators. There was no directive, Clinton said, "it's just not being used." It may seem a trivial thing, but the change in rhetoric marks a significant turning point in the ideological contest with radical Islam. That is because the war on terror has always been a conflict more rhetorical than real.
March 5, 1991
The end of the Gulf War hardly means the world is at peace. Depending on how and what you count, there are more than two dozen conflicts going on. By region, they include: AFRICA: Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Morocco-Western Sahara, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda. CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA: Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru.
May 9, 2012 |
On the heels of President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan last week, in which he pledged to "finish the job we started" and "end this war responsibly," the American public's support for the 11-year conflict has reached a new low, according to a poll. Just 27% of respondents said they back the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan, the new Associated Press-Gfk poll found. Of the 66% who said they oppose the war, about half said they believe the presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good.
September 30, 2011 |
Set in the 17th century in the region where Korea and China border one another, "War of The Arrows" is part romantic drama, part family story and part historical action epic all underscored by a sweeping vision that is somehow both grand and grubby. The story involves a brother and sister orphaned when they see their father beheaded by Chinese invaders. Years later, the sister is in the middle of marrying her longtime sweetheart when invaders – oh those invaders! – interrupt the ceremony, kidnapping the new bride.
May 15, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinians held rallies and protests Wednesday to commemorate 65 years of what has come to be known as the “nakba,” or catastrophe, a reference to their displacement in the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. Thousands of Palestinians rallied in several West Bank and Gaza cities, and others clashed with Israeli soldiers at contact points. Medics said dozens of Palestinians were treated for either tear gas inhalation, minor injuries from rubber-coated metal bullets fired by Israeli soldiers or beatings at various locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
March 16, 2011
An enduring calm Re "A race against time," March 13 If we cannot learn from the tragedy in Japan how to prepare for a disaster and its horrific aftermath, perhaps we can learn something more human and humanely important: That is the calm resolve of the Japanese people who are waiting for help. Where we would probably be rioting, looting and causing more destruction through our own panic and selfishness, the thousands of humble yet devastated Japanese have displayed to the world the pure and sincere act of patience.
February 26, 2010 |
If you're a hard-core fan of the God of War series but just can't wait until the next installment is released in March, then you're in luck, my friend. Rush out today and buy Dante's Inferno . God of War rip-offs don't get any more blatant than this one. Everything about it is like GOW, in a nearly comical way: the red and white accents on the god-like main character, the giant shiny weapons he swings around, the epic boss battles, the blatant nudity, the third-person view with woeful lack of camera control, even the button tapping cut-screen final-kill moves.
April 25, 2013 |
Since 2002, filmmaker-activist Robert Greenwald has made a string of vital feature documentaries, including the trenchant exposés "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. " His latest, the brief "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State," although vigorously assembled, proves to have less impact. Here, producer-director Greenwald takes on a big topic, zips through some history (Galileo and Copernicus were early whistle-blowers, Frank Serpico and Karen Silkwood more modern examples)