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The War on Gaza and the Cycle of Impunity

“If Israel is not brought to justice, it will commit the same crimes again and again.” You are absolutely right—you demand justice for the Palestinians, while the majority of US media support Israel’s lawless invasion of Gaza and the slaughter of the Palestinians. Thank you!

Shireen Parsons


Jul 17 2014 - 6:19pm

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide

I'm old enough to remember WW2. We killed lots of German and Japanese civilians in order to get to their vicious leaders. Needed to be done to save our boys’ lives and to win the war.

Now, we need to get to Hamas, a terrorists organization sworn to eliminate Israel. Sorry about the innocent civilians, but they did vote these gangsters into power.

Philip Feuer

Greenwich, CT

Jul 16 2014 - 10:54pm

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide

I just canceled my subscription. The anti-Israel ranting is too much. I will not walk into a gas chamber because you want me to. Israel has shown more restraint than any other nation in history while 75 percent of its population is being terrorized by terrorists. Maybe you want Jews to crawl off and die. It will not happen.

Carl Maltzman

Long Island, NY

Jul 15 2014 - 11:44pm

Netanyahu’s Bankrupt Strategy

Re: “There is increasing room to criticize Israel’s occupation here in the US—but are any policy changes on the table?” I just wanted to let you know that on this day as I’m reading about the horror in Gaza, I received an e-mail from the white house about “traffic jams” on US highways. The mundane idea of “traffic jams” beside the horror in Gaza reminded me of Paul Simon’s “American Tune”: “And I wonder what’s gone wrong.… Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day/ And I’m trying to get some rest/ That’s all I’m trying to get some rest.”

Thank you for the article. With tears in solidarity from Canada,

Priscilla Judd


Jul 15 2014 - 10:19pm

Report From Gaza: When My Son Screams

The greatest mistake of the twentieth century, acknowledged by every history-aware and learned expert, the creation of the State of Israel, a state for north European, non-Semitic, with no racial or historical connection to Palestine, Zionist Jews! Today descendants and followers of the same know-nothing empirical European imperialist fools, who believed the world as theirs to rule, separate, carve and promise to some highest lobbying bidder, and who in the Geographic Society rooms of Paris and London, while smoking their cigars, drinking their sherry with pompous arrogance and vanity, drew lines on maps of geography they knew nothing of, creating one artificial state atop the other, only thinking about the wealth received by the interested lobbyists. A hundred years later, the world and these many fool descendants and followers still continue to believe they can and will make this delusion and mistake a reality, no matter the cost in lives and wealth. Today the US and its lack of real-world diplomat/statesmen and its great fear of the Israel lobby continues on this same bloodstained path, rather than accepting and realizing and making an attempt at fixing the greatest mistake of history, continues arming to the teeth, financing and defends the criminal activity of Israel, while making more enemies for itself!

Nick G. Petros


Jul 15 2014 - 4:49pm

How the Supreme Court Undermined Women’s Citizenship

The Nation has fallen for the ploy of the division of citizens by religious fundamentalists.

When you consider women as different from a citizen, you cop out on the US as a people of and with equal status. The “unborn” fetus has no rights until it is born, as it is undocumented. (Yes, I get the citizen’s healthcare side of it.) When have the undocumented had power over a US citizen? When has religion had power over a US citizen? Answer: when you allow a religious view of “personhood” to control a citizen. Try thi: remove the word woman and in that place put citizen. The whole point of your article changes to an all-encompassing citizen’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Please stop this divisive use of gender.

Gary Killpack

[somewhere in Oregon]

Jul 14 2014 - 7:51am

Transgender Violence Is a #YesAllWomen Issue

“By failing to connect the plight of trans women to the struggles of all women, feminists overlook the same culture of male entitlement they seek to combat.” The author wishes to attract attention to the plight of cisgender and trans women as under-represented in the national consciousness, or I think that’s what she intends. It is indeed a very serious problem, and the numbers of murdered trans women about whom no ruckus is made in the national media is scandalous: Ms. Talusan is to be thanked for bringing it to the attention of Nation readers, and for her intelligent analysis. I’ve posted it on my Facebook page—with one qualification.

How this comes to be a stick to beat “feminists” with is a ponder. No evidence is given for feminist culpability: Is the implication that the mass media responsible for the Twitter crowds’ awareness of Santa Barbara’s massacre but silent on the murder of trans women are controlled by an ignorant and bigoted feminist cabal? (Tell that to Jill Abramson et al.!) In the crowded annals of stuff feminists get blamed for, this is a new one.

Mary Baine Campbell


Jul 12 2014 - 2:04pm

The Silence of American Hawks About Kiev’s Atrocities

This article has created some controversy. But the bottom line is that neo-Nazi militias overthrew a democratically elected government in Kiev.

Francis Kornblum


Jul 11 2014 - 2:28pm

How Unrest in Ukraine Is Sending a Wave of Refugees to Russia

The key part that is missing in this article is that neo-Nazi militias overthrew a democratically elected government in Kiev.

Francis Kornblum


Jul 11 2014 - 2:24pm

How US Evangelicals Fueled the Rise of Russia’s ‘Pro-Family’ Right

The leftists will readily denounce the Project for the New American Century or the Wolfowitz doctrine. But hegemony requires propaganda, and that includes demonizing foreign leaders. The lefties have difficulty comprehending that. They believe that Putin is bad because he violates gay rights. But there are about eighty countries around the world that actually criminalize the homosexual acts. Russia is not one of them. So why the fixation on Russia? Well, Putin is inherently evil, and his anti-gay agenda is just one manifestation of it. But is he? Or has he been demonized by propaganda?

There is a massive propaganda campaign against Russia underway. Ostensibly the critique (or rather hysteria) is directed against her president, Vladimir Putin. We hear everywhere that Putin is a scheming, devious man, so there must be something to it, right? (Actually, to me those accusations sound childish.) For example, take gay rights. Western leaders did not attend the Sochi Olympics because of that. Yet one more weapon in the propaganda arsenal. The lefties jumped on the bandwagon. Never mind that the neocons usually associate with people who do not particularly care about gay rights; any means are good in the march to global hegemony.

Russia passed a law banning propagation of homosexuality to minors. That is supposed to be some major horror, a truly monumental human rights violation, simply intolerable. What about all the countries that actually criminalize homosexuality?

Francis Kornblum


Jul 11 2014 - 2:19pm