Richard Falk is an American professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University. He just completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights. His article - Slouching Toward Global Disaster - has just appeared in the Counterpunch.org. He begins, "There are many disturbing signs that the West is creating conditions in the Middle East and Asia that could produce a wider war, most likely a new Cold War, containing, as well, menacing risks of World War III. " And he concludes, "Imaginative diplomacy, talking and listening to the enemy, and engaging in self-scrutiny remains outside the cast iron cage of the military mentality that has long dominated most of the political space in American foreign policy debates with the conspicuous help of the passive aggressive mainstream media. In this respect, American democracy is a broken reality, and conscientious citizens must look elsewhere as a prison break of the political imagination is long overdue."
It is a must read for anyone interested in learning about the root causes behind some of the messy events of our time.
Falk is an associate at the Transnational Foundation for Future Research, where this essay originally appeared.