September 11 - The Complexities and Contradictions about to Embroil Us in Syria and Iraq; Why Americans Choose War; The Other 9/11

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We begin President Obama’s vow that he “will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq”, where we are already fighting with Iran as an ally against ISIL, while at the same time we are preparing to fight ISIL in Syria against Iran’s ally the Assad regime. With this just one example of the complexities and contradictions about to embroil us, Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma and author of the daily newsletter and blog on Syrian politics, “Syria Comment”, joins us to discuss the President’s war plans which already have Russia warning the U.S. against airstrikes without the backing of the U.N., over which Russia and China have veto power on the U.N. Security Council.

 

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Then we speak with Richard Rubenstein, University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at George Mason University and author of “Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War”. We will look into why a reluctant Obama chose war when he is trying to extricate America from lost wars in the Middle East, and why we are stuck in a cycle of constant wars, none of which we have won since World War 11, and why we can’t talk to our enemies unless they agree to our terms before we talk to them.

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Then finally we discuss the other 9/11, the 41st anniversary of the U.S.-backed brutal military coup against Chile’s socialist government in 1973 that resulted in thousands of Chilean citizens being tortured, murdered and disappeared. Katherine Hite, a Professor of Political Science and Chair of Political Science at Vasser College and author of “The Politics of Memory in Chile: From Pinochet to Bachelet”, joins us to discuss the slow process of truth, reconciliation and justice underway in Chile and the economic as well as human rights crimes committed by Pinochet’s family and cronies.

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