John J. Tierney Jr. is a Professor Emeritus at IWP and Former Special Assistant and Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
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The Uncivil War

One of the best evidences of the horrors of war, especially to the innocent, are the photos of bombed out cities after the Second World War. The destruction of once-magnificent architectural marvels such as Berlin, Tokyo, Coventry, plus the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, gives testimony to mankind’s lasting capacity for horror on scales…

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American Terrorists

Thus far, the bulk of attention in the twenty-first century on U.S. foreign policy has been the so-called “War on Terror” that began with the opening strike in 2001. Although few believe that American existence is at stake, the violence, death-toll, and societal disruption have made a lasting impression. 

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Anatomy of Terrorism

The title of this essay may be somewhat confusing. This is unavoidable, as one should automatically assume that the subject is the current “War on Terror” with the U.S. as target. Not exactly. 

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Predictions

At the end of his long-running talk show, the late John McLaughlin would ask the panel for “predictions.” They would then offer insights on the latest political gossip regarding personalities or upcoming events. Often they were wrong, but nobody kept score; it was entertainment.

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Who/What Caused the Civil War?

The Civil War, America’s worst experience, was caused by people, as are all wars. But which ones? The title of this essay implies that either certain people or their institutions caused this calamity. Who or what? Thus, the ultimate causation was “nature,” either human or human-created.

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