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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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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Good Walls Make Good Neighbors

Paraphrasing poet Robert Frost (“good fences”) is only symbolic since the words are interchangeable. They can also be used as “lines,” “barriers,” or any other obstacle to traffic, whether man or beast. The title is also erroneous; fences “make” nothing but serve only to separate otherwise “bad” neighbors.

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The Mexican Border, Part II

A previous essay on the border (February 4) traced the early background of the region through the Eisenhower Administration (1953-61). Thus, the current turmoil on the issue, plus the government shutdown, has a 400 year legacy and is more a continuity than unique.

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The Mexican Border, A Short Background

It is one of American history’s greatest ironies that, since 2016, amidst the space age, with a generation of nuclear deterrence, instant global communications, and social media, that a border issue has dominated public attention. 

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