JAKE JOHNSON – “The ongoing and imminent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip are being conducted with potentially genocidal intent.”
WIM LAVEN – We would all benefit from an honest appraisal of our painful past. Remembering our collective history—with all its blemishes and bloodstains—could be more than a wake-up call.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – The scariest part about the legacy of Columbus, and Europeâ€™s â€œAge of Discoveryâ€ â€” ah, the white men break out of their cage and find the rest of the world â€” is that itâ€™s still alive. And while thereâ€™s a growing demand that we should dump Columbus Day as a national holiday and replace it with Indigenous Peoplesâ€™ Day, I think something else is necessary as well: We need to look deeply at the legacy of Columbus and begin to own it. No more whitewash!
MAIREAD MAGUIRE – How can we explain that in the 21st century we are still training millions of men and women in our armed forces and sending them to war? There are more choices than war or peace, there are multi-optional choices and a civilian-based non-military diplomatic-political policy has more chance of succeeding in solving a violent conflict.
JANINE DI GIOVANNI – What does it feel like when a war begins? When does life as you know it implode? How do you know when it is time to pack up your home and your family and leave your country? Or if you decide not to, why? For ordinary people, war starts with a jolt: one day you are busy with dentist appointments or arranging ballet lessons for your daughter, and then the curtain drops. One moment the daily routine grinds on; A.T.M.â€™s work and cellphones function. Then, suddenly, everything stops.
CORY MCMAHON & RICHARD CLARK – Genocide expert Daniel Goldhagen has shown that genocide â€” which includes deliberate famine and other silent killing campaigns â€” has occurred more than 70 times since 1900 with a death toll of at least 127 million, outnumbering the casualties of all of mankindâ€™s 20th century wars. It is no wonder that Goldhagen calls genocide an â€œurgent first order global problem.â€