Live Videocast–Kevin Barrett on Tour in Sacramento
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VIDEO ARCHIVE: Questioning the War on TERROR
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Kevin Barrett Premiered His New Book in Sacramento on April 2, 2010
No Lies Radio News video-casted this event live.
A talk by Dr. Kevin Barrett, one of America’s best-known critics of the “War on Terror”.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, author of Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (publication date July 1st, 2009) writes:
“The election of Barack Hussein Obama tacked a giant flashing neon question mark onto the Bush Administration’s much-ballyhooed but never clearly defined ‘War on Terror.’ Surveys showed that McCain voters, like Bush voters before them, were heavily motivated by fear of terrorists. Obama voters, on the other hand, were more worried about the economy.
“By voting for a dark-skinned guy with a Muslim father, a middle name Hussein and a last name that sounds like Osama, Americans were saying they didn’t buy the Fox News propaganda demonizing Arabs, Muslims, and other vaguely dark-skinned people with funny names.
“By voting for the man they perceived as the anti-war candidate, Americans were re-stating the message they had sent in 2006: End the war NOW already! (What is it about the word NOW that the politicians don’t understand?)
“The rejection of the Republicans was also a rejection of torture. Obama campaigned for ending torture and closing Guantanamo, and the voters responded enthusiastically.
“Obama’s election showed the voters sensed a close connection between Bush’s hugely expensive, ruinous War on Terror and the economic difficulties America is facing. By running up a ten trillion dollar deficit and dragging America’s good name through the mud, Bush had wrecked the economy. Perhaps Obama, the peace candidate whose top priority was the economy, would be able to fix it.”
Dr. Barrett uses rigorous analysis and just plain common sense to show that Obama voters were right: the War on Terror is a profoundly dubious enterprise. He begins with the observation that Americans are thirty times more likely to die from lightning strikes, and ten times more likely to drown in their bathtubs, than to be killed by terrorists: “Should we declare war against lightning bolts and bathtubs? Should we install PA systems in our bathrooms reminding us that the threat level of bathtub drowning has been raised to orange? Should we create a new Department of Bathtub Security (DBS) empowered to do sneak-and-peak warrantless searches of our bathrooms to make sure that we’re using no-slip bath-mats? Should we invade and occupy countries that we falsely blame for bathtub deaths? Would this be any crazier than what we’re doing now, allegedly due to the equally insignificant ‘terrorist threat’?”
Using the Socratic method, Questioning the War on Terror asks fifty-four hard questions that, taken together, effectively annihilate the central notion on which our post-9/11 political life has been based. It concludes with a list of twenty-two concrete actions that readers can take to end the War on Terror and achieve the change they voted for.
About the author:
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. Dr. Barrett has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host. The Kevin Barrett Show broadcasts live on No Lies Radio every Tuesday at 9am Pacific. His website is http://www.truthjihad.com
If you are in the Sacramento Area of California, please support Kevin by attending in Person: Friday, Apr 2, 7pm Pacific, Meeting Rm, Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd. (at 21st Ave.), Sacramento. FMI: 916-372-8433; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Coming up Saturday April 3rd Live Videocast
–Kevin Barrett on Tour in Sacramento — Stop # 2
Kevin continues his speaking tour in Sacramento. Today he will address the topic,
Peace Jihad: Islam and the Quest for a World Without War.
Here are some of the questions he is apt to deal with: Is Islam a religion of peace? Does Islam have a just war doctrine? What is the relationship, if any, between Islam and terrorism? What is the Islamic vision of a just and peaceful society? Why do most Muslims think the “war on terror” is a disguised war on Islam? Is there a scriptural basis for an Islamic peace movement? What role does the Israeli-Palestine conflict play in the wars and unrest between and among Islamic and Western nations?
Dr. Kevin Barrett is a radio host on two networks, including No Lies Radio, he is the author of Questioning the War on Terror: a Primer for Obama Voters, and an Islamologist. So WHAT is an Islamologist?… A good guess would be “an expert on Islam.” A former Fulbright Scholar and polymath (look it up!) who has taught English, French, Arabic, American Civilization, Humanities, African Literature and Folklore, fluent in numerous languages, Barrett lived in Morocco and converted to Islam. Today he is speaking at the ‘Peace Pyramid’ open forum in Sacramento, California.