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Bush in Babylon

Program #ALIT002. Recorded in South Hadley, MA on October 16, 2003.

Babylon, one of great centers of the ancient world, is in present-day Iraq. The U.S. now rules Babylon and beyond. Its invasion of Iraq is old wine in new bottles. It is an imperial power conquering a weaker state using sanctimonious rhetoric, fear mongering and outright mendacities. The Bush regime launched an aggressive war. There have been few more flagrant examples of lawlessness in recent history. And like empires of old the new imperialists pose as peacemakers. "We want peace. We are a peaceful people," proclaims the Commander-in-Chief. The U.S. is now stuck in Babylon. The war and occupation of course have produced some winners. Can anyone say Halliburton or Bechtel?

Recorded at Mt. Holyoke College.


Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali, an internationally renowned writer and activist, was born in Lahore, Pakistan. For many years he has been based in London where he is an editor of New Left Review. A charismatic speaker, he is in great demand as a lecturer. He is a filmmaker, playwright and novelist. He is the author of many books including The Clash of Fundamentalisms, Pirates of the Caribbean, Speaking of Empire & Resistance with David Barsamian, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power, The Obama Syndrome, On History and The Extreme Centre.

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