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Raed (pronounced "Rod") Jarrar was in Jerusalem July 10-17 as Israel launched its genocidal attack on the population of Gaza, on its life-enabling infrastructure, and on their homes. He spoke to a full house in Cambridge MA on August 7th.
We have broken our recording up into five pieces: Intro by host, Main presentation, First and Second Q&A, All Q&A after the second, and Local Announcements. All are well worth listening. The first three can be put together to fit a one-hour broadcast slot. The Local Announcements (actually given after the main presentation) will lose their currency over time.
Raed reported on his experiences; he also focused on analysis of the current situation in Iraq. The presentation featured the nonsensical nature of US policy in the Middle East, including Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and Iran, and how the peace movement can take action.
Our so-called leaders are "leading" by repeatedly painting the label of "terrorist," then attacking, a shifting array of groups, described by Jarrar as "enemy of the month." Today's "enemy" in Iraq is ISIS (recently renamed "IS"). This is a tiny band of people who are said to have conquered the entirety of Iraq in just a few days, using perhaps 200 pickup trucks. The U.S. response: bomb them. Meanwhile, just over the border in Syria, the U.S. provides weapons and training to support this very same group, which passes freely back and forth between the two countries!
And that's not all. A small group of Iraqi civilians, under siege from the IS monster, have climbed to a mountaintop refuge bereft of food and water. OK, now, the U.S. puts on its humanitarian hat, airdropping water and meals ready to eat. Abracadabra, the most vicious country in the world claims it's a humanitarian savior! All this in a country devastated by U.S. attacks and manipulation since 2003 or before.
Jarrar was born and educated in Baghdad and currently lives in Washington D.C. He has been a leading commentator on the US in Iraq since the invasion of 2003.
This event was sponsored by United for Justice with Peace and cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston.
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