Russ Wellen holds down the “Nukes and Other WMD’s” desk at the Faster Times, and writes “The Deproliferator” for Scholars & Rogues and other blogs. He is an advisor to the Madrona Institute and co-moderates Terralist.


Breivik’s Qutb

Every political extremist has his own mentor whose writings he uses to rationalize his attacks.

What Does Lowballing the Number of Dead Iraqi Civilians Tell Us About Ourselves?

American officials and media found any number of reasons to scoff at the famous Johns Hopkins study that revealed 650,000 dead Iraqi citizens as of 2006.

Myanmar May Be Closer to Becoming Burma Again Than You Think

The time may be at hand when Myanmar’s ethnic minorities can overwhelm the Myanmar army.

Will Fukushima Survivors Be Doubly Victimized With Radiation Sickness and Stigmatization?

Let’s hope that, unlike with Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, bias against Fukushima refugees will be kept to a minimum.

Will Iraqi Commandos Trained by U.S. Be Turned Into Another Republican Guard?

The U.S.-trained Iraqi commando corps — arguably one of the Iraq War’s few success stories — may be misused or dissolved when the U.S. leaves.

No One Supports the Troops More Than Bradley Manning

Our troops are best supported by using them in the most judicious — and just — manner possible.

With Surgical Implantation, Jihadists Take Suicide Bombing to New Heights

A willingness to entertain the surgical implantation of explosives is a sign of either increased commitment or desperation on the part of jihadists.

Syria Just Might Be More Cooperative if Its Reactor Hadn’t Been Blown to Bits

If it’s information about a nuclear program you want, blowing it to smithereens first is, uh, ill advised.

The Persian Gulf: an “Aquatic Tinderbox”

An incident in which a speedboat charged a British warship highlights the potential for conflict between Iran and the West in the Persian Gulf.

Burma’s Ethnic Insurgencies Erupt in a Chain Reaction

Fighting by Burma’s three largest ethnic minorities has flared up all at once.

As Taliban Tactics Grow More Sophisticated, Why Does It Still Use Suicide Bombers?

In the long run, the use of suicide bombing is self-defeating for the Taliban.

Australian PM Gillard’s Call for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons No Shot in the Dark

Prime Minister Gillard’s call for the abolition of nuclear weapons had its origins in a powerhouse international 2008 commission.

The Nuclear Terrorists Are Coming: Break Out the Varsity Squad!

Nuclear security is at least as critical as nuclear safety.

Like It or Not, World Government May Be Inevitable

To some, world government sounds unrealistic, to others tyrannical.

Has Iran’s President Ahmadinejad Become a Sympathetic Figure?

Assaults on the rule of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad almost make you feel sorry for him.

Since When Haven’t the Democrats Been a War Party?

The Democrats continue to allow themselves to be portrayed as soft on defense.

India “Soft”? Not After It Launches Its Own Kill-bin-Laden Attacks on Pakistan

Some in India would like to see it emulate the SEAL attack on bin Laden.

Even Their Beloved Nukes Don’t Escape Republican Infatuation With Cost-Cutting

This time it’s Republicans dragging their feet on a nuclear-weapons project.

Assad-Erdogan Bromance on the Rocks?

As a result of Syrian President Assad’s brutality, his country’s relationship with Turkey lays in ruins.