Attack Iraq: A Debate
Thomas Jefferson held that a “little rebellion” is the “medicine necessary for the sound health of government.” Fast forward a couple of hundred years and we have George Bush dismissing as irrelevant massive worldwide demonstrations against the impending attack of Iraq. Debate in the mainstream media avoids substantive content. It is mainly limited to discussions of when and how to strike or fear mongering through depictions of fabricated scenarios of terrorist attack. Debate is crucial for a robust and vibrant democracy. This program features Peter Berkowitz, Rashid Khalidi, Katha Pollitt and Raymond Tanter expressing various points of view on the impending attack on Iraq. Shirley Jahad moderates.
Katha Pollitt, an award-winning essayist, poet and critic, is best known for her column “Subject to Debate” in The Nation magazine. She is the author of Virginity or Death! and Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. She is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award for her volume of poetry, Antarctic Traveller.
Peter Berkowitz is an essayist and contributing editor at The New Republic and also writes for The Weekly Standard. He teaches law at George Mason University and is a fellow at the Hoover Institution. His book, Rediscovering Liberalism: A Collection of Essays, is due out soon.
Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Chair of Arab Studies at Columbia University, where he directs the Middle East Institute. The Los Angeles Times calls him “arguably the foremost U.S. historian of the modern Middle East.” He is the author of many books including Resurrecting Empire, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood and Brokers of Deceit.
Raymond Tanter is professor of international security and ballistic missile defense at the University of Michigan. He served under Ronald Reagan in the National Security Council. His latest books are Rogue Regimes, Terrorism and Proliferation, and Rational Rogues: Saddam, Osama, and Suicide Bombers.