TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Scott Ritter and Seymour Hersh on Iraq, Iran, Israel and the United States

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The United States has been called the last remaining superpower, the hyperpower, the unipower, and even the global unibomber. As the uncontested supreme military power on the planet, the United States engages in policies that lead to widespread instability and long-term disaster for millions, in the pursuit of massive short-term corporate profits and temporary strategic advantage.


Such a reality is obvious in US Middle Eastern policy. Despite years of diplomatic overture from the government of Iran under its then-reformist president Mohammed Hatami, including a stated desire to rout Al-Qaeda, the White House refused to come to the table. That undermining of Hatami helped usher in the current hardline president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, providing a further pretext for an attack on Iran. Such an attack is no more likely to bring peace, stability, democracy or prosperity to the people of the region than has the illegal US invasion of Iraq and the subsequent occupation.

To analyse the situation tonight we’ll hear from two critical voices: Scott Ritter, the former US marine intelligence officer and UN Special Commission weapons inspector in Iraq, acclaimed for his challenging of both Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush; he’s author of Iraq Confidential and Target Iran.


We’ll also hear from Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist who exposed the 1969 American massacre at My Lai and who reported famously in 2004 on the US torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. They spoke at an event sponsored by the New York Society for Ethical Culture on October 16th, 2006, just weeks before the US midterm elections which brought the Democratic Party to power in the US Congress.

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