Iraq, United States and the World: The Shame and Glory of it All

Dr. Jim Keeley and Dr. Paul Viminitz, experts on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (Keeley) and the Philosophy of War, (Viminitz) will speak April 22 about the evolving situation in Iraq.

The Bush-Sharon Agreement just arrived at in Washington (with no Palestinian consultation) will only enrage not only the Palestinians in Israel but the Muslim world generally.

For both President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the benefits of the agreement, if viewed domestically, are obvious – for gathering political support, and for both countries, re-affirming the sense of ‘right’ being triumphant.

The United States is predicted to stay the course in Iraq, with increased military presence. Iraqi streetfighters, in turn, are predicted to increase the number of Americans returning home in body bags. For the rest of the world, there is chiefly shame that humankind is still committed to power and bloodshed as the means to victory.


Dr. Paul Viminitz is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lethbridge with research expertise in the Philosophy of War. His most recent publication is an article entitled “In Defence of Terrorism” for a book on related subjects.

Dr. Jim Keeley is an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Resident Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. His area of expertise is the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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