(I’ve been told that a transcript of this debate will soon be available at the Monthly Argument website. That could kickstart a useful discussion here, so I’ll post it , once it appears)
Debate Topic: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: Can our participation be justified?
A Monthly Argument debate held in Melbourne, Australia. December, 9 2010.
Major General Jim Molan
Retired senior officer in the Australian Army, author of Running the War in Iraq, Chief of Operations, Headquarters Multinational Force in Iraq (MNF-I) 2004-2005
Adam Bandt MP
Greens member for Melbourne in the House of Representatives
Professor Richard Tanter
Director of the Nautilus Institute at RMIT
Editor of Overland magazine
Arthur Dent (previously known as Albert Langer)
Chaired by Darce Cassidy
For more info about The Monthly Argument go to: themonthlyargument.wordpress.com/
Iraq/Afghanistan debate (part 1of 2) from Monthly Argument on Vimeo.
Iraq/ Afghanistan debate (part 2 of 2) from Monthly Argument on Vimeo.
Iraq/Afghanistan debate (10 minutes of highlights) from Monthly Argument on Vimeo.
The next Melbourne Monthly Argument looks like being a ripper!
Topic: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: Can our participation be justified?
When: Thursday December 9 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Free admission. No need to book. Meals available from 6.00pm.
Where: The Function Room, The Dan O’Connell Hotel, 225 Canning Street (corner of Princes Street) Carlton. ( Melway 2B J4)
Chaired by Darce Cassidy
Taliban beating women
Browsing today’s edition of Crikey just now I came across a little piece from Guy Rundle on Afghanistan. This paragraph stood out:
The plain fact is that any eight year war in a foreign land has become a war against the people, a little Vietnam. Guerrilla insurgency is about moving like a fish in the water of the wider populace — thus obliging the occupying power to drain the pond (or, in the words of one of Melbourne’s addled pro-war Maoists — burnouts getting their jaded jollies from righteous killing, as usual — “draining the swamps where terror breeds”).
He’s clearly referring to an article by me which was published in The Australian, back in 2006: Drain the Swamps where Terror Breeds. (It’s sort of nice to know that he still feels irritated by it….)
Interestingly Rundle is on the record with an appalling call for a bloodbath in Iraq. These are his words just before the war began in 2003:
`…it may be best in the long run if Baghdad . . . resists and there is a slaughter of some duration”
Continue reading ‘Guy Rundle’s support for “righteous killing”’