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January 29, 2004

Chris Hedges Talk

Last night, I had the great opportunity to attend a talk at Emory by Chris Hedges, the New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief, who has covered wars in Central America, the Balkans and the Middle East, including the first Gulf War. Hedges is the author of War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, a provocative book that explores the reasons we tolerate (and often embrace) war. You may know Hedges best as the speaker who was booed by a Rockford College audience during a graduation speech.

Both the book and the talk emphasize what might be called the erotics of war, the excitement and purpose that war provides. Not sure I have much to add right now, but Hedges' experiences in El Salvador and the Balkans, especially, provide a chilling antidote to the nationalist dicourses that are often used to justify war.

Posted by chuck at January 29, 2004 6:06 PM

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