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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Sentimentality about war. Elizabeth Samet considers [1] how we use sentimentality and euphemisms to avoid recognizing the realities of pointless wars.

The consequences of NATO’s “good” war in Libya. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross reviews [2] the evidence.

Israel’s aggressive spying in the U.S. is mostly hushed up. Jeff Stein continues [3] his reporting [4] on Israeli spying on America.

Caste and politics. Jyoti Malhotra explains [5] how caste is shaping India’s election.

How would Modi change Indian foreign policy? Sudha Ramachandran tries [6] to identify what would change under a BJP-led government.

Why Modi was banned. James Mann explains [7] the law that barred the BJP politician from entering the U.S.

What does a Republican takeover of the Senate mean for foreign policy? Heather Hurlburt considers [8] a few of the ways that a Republican majority would affect U.S. policies abroad.

How to end the Ukraine crisis. Anatol Lieven proposes [9] decentralizing power as a solution.


NATO and Ukraine. Sean Kay considers [10] the role of NATO expansion in the Ukraine crisis.

Iceland’s elves. Kevin Fallon reports [11] on the country’s relationship with its “hidden people.”

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#1 Comment By Wade McKenzie On May 9, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

Re: sentimentality about war.

The fact is, the so-called “antiwar” position is largely, if not entirely, sentimental.

In other words, it is rooted in a sentiment, a feeling, a passion, and not in reason.

#2 Comment By Andrew On May 9, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

I like (always did) Anatol Lieven but his piece in in NYR misses one key point. Even between the May 5th and today, May 9th, The Victory Day, much blood was already spilled, including the bloodshed in Mariupol. Even within these 4 days fewer and fewer people in Donetsk and Lugansk regions perceive Kiev junta as a viable partner in negotiations. Criminal actions by the terrorists from Pravyi Sector and the so called National Guard, sanctioned by Kiev and its Western backers, their openly genocidal and Nazi agenda leave no doubt in people of those areas that the unity is a dubious objective. Plus, since when self-proclaimed adventurist Turchinov is a President of Ukraine? At this stage Ukraine has only one legitimate President, corrupt and cowardly, but elected properly, Yanukovich. It is also the secret de Polichinelle that the farce of the “presidential elections” on May 25th, which is being pushed by the junta and the West will, effectively, “legitimize” the power which was delivered by the Nazi militants. As much as I like Lieven, this time he got it wrong.

Ukraine is either doomed for total disintegration or, in the best case scenario, for becoming a de facto confederation, which will inevitably disintegrate after some time.

Germany, as the Western country with the greatest influence on Russia, will be crucial to any solution.

Merkel and her Cabinet lost the last iota of goodwill and respect in Russia and are viewed today (correctly) as totally dependent entity. After Merkel’s remarks about Victory Day parade in Crimea, which created an uproar in Russia, Putin will hardly have any support of Russian public opinion in dealing with Merkel. Russians, however, make a very clear distinction between Germans in general and Merkel Cabinet. At this stage the term which describes the mood in Russia is masks off.

#3 Comment By HeartRight On May 10, 2014 @ 3:21 am

Washington and Modi. Now this is going to be really interesting to watch.

The fact is, the so-called “antiwar” position is largely, if not entirely, sentimental.
Oh? I would call it cost-benefit calculus.

#4 Comment By KS Swing Voter On May 11, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

The piece about the Israeli government and defense industry blackmailing American visitors into spying against the United States was an interesting “read”. It re-raises the nagging questions about incidents in which GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor is reported to have invited freshman GOP congressmen to accompany him on junkets to Israel.