Thursday, March 19, 2009

Iraq War – Six Years Later

Just a reminder for the listeners of WBAI Pacifica Radio in the New York area (and around the world on www.wbai.org) that on Friday, March 20th, the sixth anniversary of the start of the brutal bombing of and occupation of Iraq, we will be taking an expansive look back at the cost of the war from several perspectives. We will be joined by a number of guests to explore the Iraq War and its impact on the people, the region, and the veterans coming home.

In the second hour of the show, beginning at about 7:10am ET, we will be joined by Ann Wright, who will talk about how she moved from being a military person and U.S. diplomat to a peace activist speaking out against the war. Ann Wright is a Retired U.S. Army & Army Reserves Colonel, and a former U.S. diplomat who resigned her position in the State Department in opposition to the Iraq war. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience”.

We will also speak with the President of the national organization Veterans Against the War, and an Iraqi-American blogger and activist about their experiences in the anti-war movement.

This will be followed by a conversation with Pakistani author and filmmaker Tariq Ali, whose latest book is called The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power. He'll tell us why Obama's escalating attacks on Pakistan using Predator Drones is a dangerous policy whose effects on Pakistan could be catastrophic, creating a severe crisis within the army and in the country at large. The overwhelming majority of Pakistanis are opposed to the U.S. presence in the region, viewing it as the most serious threat to peace, with the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan being the clearest examples.

We will also look at the elections in El Salvador and the ongoing fallout form the AIG bailout.

So tune into WBAI Radio for the Friday edition of Wake Up Call (99.5FM), 6:00 to 9:00am ET, or on the WBAI archives at WBAI.org.

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