BTS 11/28/05: Latest on Iraq War; Stan "Tookie" Williams; Polish Elections and the Defeat of Solidarity

Listen: Christian Parenti - Phil Gasper - David Ost

A week is a long time in politics. Just over a week ago Bush and Cheney were criticizing their anti-war critics and repeating their mantra of ‘staying the course.’ Now it seems Jack Murtha’s call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq has resonated and the administration is talking about withdrawing some before midterm elections of 2006 and more before the election of 2008. It all depends on the new Iraqi government and the readiness of its army and police, right? Christian Parenti joins us on this latest in the US-Iraqi war.

On December 13 Stanley Tookie Williams is scheduled to be executed in California, though the pressure for a stay is strong. We’ll talk to Prof. Philip Gasper about Tookie’s case.

Our final segment is about the Polish elections and the defeat of Solidarity – that monumental union that challenged Stalinist authority and won. David Ost, author of The Defeat of Solidarity, explains how Poland can elect the Kazcynski twins – who offer moral satisfaction instead of economic justice in a model familiar to anyone from Kansas and elsewhere.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Christian Parenti, whose latest book The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (New Press) is now out in paperback), is also a visiting fellow at CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics. He writes frequently for The Nation -- and his latest article “The War With No Name” about the Kurdish PKK’s struggle with Turkey, Syria and Iraq will appear in the Dec. 5 issue.

2. Prof. Philip Gasper is Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in California and a member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. He has nominated Stan Williams for the Nobel Peace Prize four times.

3. David Ost is an internationally known scholar in the field of European studies. He has spent more than twenty-five years studying Eastern European politics, culture, and history. Fellowships, appointments as visiting professor, and numerous study trips have brought him into close association with scholars and policy makers in Poland and the surrounding area—making him one of the leading experts on the domestic politics and international relations of the area. He is author of many works on Eastern Europe, including Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics and his new book, The Defeat of Solidarity.