BTS 5/29/06: Memorial Day - Remembering the Dead; Iraq Analysis & Debate

Listen: Pablo Paredes / Ann Wright - Rahul Mahajan / David Finkel

On this Memorial Day we take an hour to honor the war dead and to consider the state of the war in Iraq. We begin with military veterans against the war – Sailor Pablo Paredes refused to deploy in protest and is actively engaged in anti-war protest; Colonel Ann Wright spent twenty-nine years in the military and sixteen in the Foreign Service. She speaks to us from Washington DC where she has spent the week in protest.

We then turn to an extended discussion of the state of the war and whether this military adventure will push the Middle East and the world toward an unimaginable catastrophe with David Finkel and Rahul Mahajan.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Pablo Paredes is a conscientious objector sailor who refused to board the USS Bonhomme Richard as it deployed to the Persian Gulf in December 2004 as part of the US occupation of Iraq.

2. Ann Wright is a retired United States Army Colonel, retired official of the U.S. State Department, and now full-time anti-war activist. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for organizations Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Operation Truth, and Veterans for Common Sense. Wright is most noted for being one of three U.S. State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the invasion of Iraq in March, 2003.

3. David Finkel is editor of Against the Current and writes widely on the Middle East. His “Beyond Iraq, the Spreading Crisis” and an omnibus review of three recent books on the war in Iraq appear in the latest issue of ATC, no. 122.

4. Rahul Mahajan is publisher of the blog Empire Notes and occasionally teaches at New York University. He has been to Iraq twice and reported from Fallujah during the siege in April 2004. He has been published widely, including in USA Today, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the Times of India, and the Jordan Times. His first book, The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism (April 2002, Monthly Review Press), has been described as "mandatory reading for anyone who wants to get a handle on the war on terrorism." His second book, Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond (June 2003, Seven Stories Press), is a wide-ranging look at the war on Iraq, the plans of the Project for a New American Century, and the Bush administration's imperial policies in practice since 9/11.