JAMES W. CARDEN – Hawkish US officials overstated Soviet gains in the third world in the 1970s, and â€œexhibit A in the case that the USSR was inexorably expandingâ€¦was Afghanistan.â€ And after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, â€œWashington believed Russiaâ€™s objective was the Persian Gulf.â€ Yet, it is argued by John Lamberton Harper, that the hawks within the Carter administration, led by Brzezinski, â€œwere misled by their schematic conceptions.â€Â
NORMAN SOLOMON – The outbreak of rhetorical hostilities between the White House and the Kremlin has heightened the urgent need for a summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. The spate of mutual denunciations is catnip for mass media and fuel for hardliners in both countries. But for the world at large, under the doomsday shadow of nuclear arsenals brandished by the United States and Russia, the latest developments are terribly ominous.
TOM H. HASTINGS – To me, Memorial Day will always be a peace holiday. It should commemorate the hundreds of millions who did not die from thermonuclear warfare this year. May we be so lucky until next Memorial Day.