By Saul Landau In 2005, teaching a history class to university juniors and seniors, I mentioned the Vietnam War. I noticed glazed looks in the eyes of several students. I asked a young woman born about a decade after that war had ended: “You know when the Vietnam War occurred, right?” She wrinkled her brow, […]
by Mitchel Cohen Two decades ago, the garbage barge, the Khian Sea, with no place in the U.S. willing to accept its garbage, left the territorial waters of the United States and began circling the oceans in search of a country willing to accept its cargo: 14,000 tons of toxic incinerator ash. First it went […]
Last week we began to examine the immorality of the Israeli attack on Gaza. As a way of concluding the moral discussion, we must state what Israel simply refuses to recognize is that with more firepower comes more responsibility for its use and the consequences of its use, intended or otherwise. But responsibility is a moral category, and Israel seems to lack a conscience. Thus, the world must now be that conscience for Israel. If we have the courage to speak as the voice of conscience would, the best way to sound our conscience is to appeal to international law.