What I’m Reading

Dear Readers – I’ve been swamped reading a number of articles this week and haven’t had time to post them all and parse them all individually so I’m just going to list them here for your reading pleasure…

On Iran:
Informed Comment: The Illusion of a ‘Limited War’ Against Iran
The Atlantic: The Point of No Return

On the Islamic Center:
NYT: Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site

On Lebanon:
Foreign Policy: The Real Deal for Lebanon

Here’s an outlier article I read on the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during WWII:
NYT: Manila, Hiroshima, and the Bomb

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One thought on “What I’m Reading

  1. The Manila story is very compelling. Japan seems to be in some kind of deep denial about their war crimes, but then again, so is every country (except maybe the Germans?)

    I’ve never really bought into the either-or equation of Hiroshima, i.e. either we bomb them or we have to invade. I think with hindsight the clear answer was allowing Japan’s conditional surrender in which they keep the Emperor as a figure head. I’m sure it seemed out of the question at the time because the allies felt that Japan deserved to be punished, but with the benefit of hindsight allowing the conditional surrender seems to be the more moral option.

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