HOW THE U.S. MILITARY SPAWNS MASSACRES AND DAILY ACTS OF DEPRAVITY

By Kathleen Barry, Ph.D. ‘Are our soldiers seeing too much combat?’ as one retired military general asked after the most recent Afghan massacre of 16 civilians.  How much combat – organized and spontaneous killing, destruction –  is too much?  Enough so that US killing in Afghanistan is just short of being caught massacring civilians?  Enough […]

HADITHA MASSACRE: HOW THE WUTERICH TRIAL LET U.S. MILITARY OFF THE HOOK

By Kathleen Barry After the 2005, Haditha massacre in Iraq, Frank Wuterich who took command of his unit when his commanding officer was killed by a roadside bomb said that he did what he was trained to do.  His words were those of a remorseless killer, which is how he was trained to be a […]

Psychopathic Leaders: Are Obama and Netanyahu any better than Assad and Mubarek?

By Kathleen Barry, Today, President Assad spoke on the uprisings in Syria. He attributed them to extremists. But we have been following the Syrian revolution on television and over the internet. When we hear comments like that, preceded by former President Mubarek’s claim that the Egyptian Revolution was provoked by Al Qaeda, we see just […]

Libyan Liberation – Is there Another Way?

  By Kathleen Barry With its call for regime change even before the Libyans began to rebel, American hypocrisy has been looming large over the U.S. war with Libya.  UN resolution 1973 was its pretext, humanitarian intervention its justification.  No doubt, humanitarian intervention is urgently needed in Libya.  But, when the U.S. acts as the […]

UNMAKING WAR, REMAKING MEN

How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves Forthcoming October, 2010 Recommended Read/ www.unmakingwar.net One day at a beach Kathleen Barry witnessed an accidental death. Seeing how empathy drew together the bystanders – strangers until that moment – in shared human consciousness, she asked: ‘Why do we value human lives in everyday moments […]