Debate on Just War
Program #ZINH-JAJE001. Recorded in Boston, MA on February 05, 2004.
Howard Zinn is joined by Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, Tracey Stark of Emerson College, and Denis Atwater of Suffolk University in a lively discussion of just war. Stark reviews the basic theories of just war and says the invasion of Iraq does not meet the general criteria. Atwater denounces Zinn as someone who "lives in a land of dreamy innocence." He adds, "The terrorists say the same things Zinn says." Jacoby concedes, "There are many black spots" in U.S. foreign policy but he asks Zinn, "Where is the sympathy on the left for Saddam's victims?" To which Zinn replies: "I care about Saddam's victims. All human life is sacred. But we are most responsible for what our country does." He then adds, "It would be naive to assume that we are going to bring liberty and democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Democracy cannot be imposed. It must come from within. The record of the U.S. is one of military intervention, making war, and supporting dictatorships all over the world especially in Latin America and the Middle East."
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