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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 5/30/17: New HAW co-chairs; links to recent articles of interest

A note: The newly constituted HAW Steering Committee has enthusiastically chosen Margaret Power and Van Gosse as the new co-chairs of Historians Against the War. (Marc Becker and I, who have been co-chairs for the past nine years, nominated them.) Van (who teaches at Franklin & Marshall College) was a principal founder of HAW in 2003, and he and Margaret (Illinois Institute of Technology) have both played leading roles in HAW for many years. Jim O'Brien

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Don't Fall for the Washington War Hawks' Iranophobia"

By Danny Sjursen, The Nation, posted May 30

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and formerly taught history at West Point.


"We Need Memorial Day to Obscure the Unbearable Truth about War"

By Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, posted May 29


"JFK's Russian Conspiracy: Kennedy Had His Own Secret Back Channel with Moscow. It May Have Kept the Superpowers from Going to War"

By Tim Naftali, Slate, posted May 27

 "The Beltway Foreign Policy 'Blob' Strikes Back: A Washington Think Tank Calls for More of the Same Failed Intervention"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, May 26

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.


"We Thought Diplomacy Couldn't End the War in the Pacific. We Dropped the Bomb before We Found Out for Sure"

By Peter Van Buren, History News Network, posted May 21


"A Murderous History of Korea"

By Bruce Cumings, London Review of Books, May 18 issue

The author teaches East Asian history at the University of Chicago.


"The Hazards of Military Worship: Everyone Loves the Troops and Their Generals, But History Indicates That Military Advice Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be"

By Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch.com, posted May 11, 2017

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and formerly taught history at West Point.


"Behold: The Jirad of Freedom"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Commonweal, posted May 10

Review essay on the book America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State by Osama F. Khalil


"Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars"

By John W. Dower, TomDispatch.com, posted May 4

The author is a professor emeritus of history at MIT.


"How Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border Became a Crime"

By Kelly Lytle Hernandez, The Conversation, posted April 30

The author teaches history and African American studies at UCLA.

Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and an anonymous reader (always the same one - a retired doctor, as it happens) for suggesting articles that are included in the above list.




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