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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Why WWI lasted as long as it did. Stephen Walt considers the reasons why the war continued for so many years.

WWI and Australia. John Quiggin explains how Australia’s involvement in the war shaped its politics and foreign policy over the last hundred years.

Who was responsible for the Iraq war? Michael Brendan Dougherty reminds us who supported it at the beginning.

Remembering the Warsaw uprising. James Carden looks back at the fighting in Warsaw on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the uprising’s beginning.

Hamas didn’t kidnap the three Israelis after all. Kate Zavadski reports on the falsehood that paved the way for the current military operation in Gaza.

The Thrasybulus syndrome. David Hendrickson reflects on Guicciardini, Machiavelli, Gaza, and the efficacy of using force.

Just war and Gaza. Jamie Levin judges both sides in the Gaza conflict by the standards of just war theory.

12 signs that Israel should halt its military operation. William Saletan details why Operation Protective Edge ought to be ended.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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