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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 massive worldwide demonstrations against the impending attack of Iraq as irrelevant. 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 writes for The Nation, her analysis of politics, gender and pop culture appearing in the Subject to Debate column. Her books include Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissent, Women, Politics, and Culture.
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. He is the author of Rediscovering Liberalism: A Collection of Essays.
Rashid Khalidi is a University of Chicago professor and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago. His publications include The Origins of Arab Nationalism and Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness.
Raymond Tanter is professor of international security and ballistic missile defence at the University of Michigan. He served under Ronald Reagan in the National Security Council. His books include Rogue Regimes, Terrorism and Proliferation, and Rational Rogues: Saddam, Osama, and Suicide Bombers.