JOSE-ANTONIO OROSCO – The US has always struggled with how to incorporate diverse peoples into a modern democracy. Philosopher Horace Kallen insists that part of this work has to be about our imagination and the way we talk and listen to one another across cultural differences. Trumpâ€™s plan would be like insisting that all voices of the choir have to sing baritone in order to make beautiful music. His plan is not innovative; itâ€™s tone deaf to the current needs of our society.
URI AVNERY – The Palestinians are planning something thoroughly obnoxious: they intend to apply to the UN for statehood. Why obnoxious? Any Israeli spokesman (not to mention spokeswoman) will tell you readily: because it is a â€œunilateralâ€ move. How dare they proclaim a state unilaterally? How dare they do so without the consent of the other party to the conflict – us?
KATHY KELLY: Pakistan needs help on a much larger scale. The U.S. has pledged 100 million dollars toward relief efforts. Two other disclosures about money budgeted for Pakistan should be considered in light of the unbearable burdens borne by close to two million new refugees.