In response to multiple attacks on foreigners, the UN, the Red Cross, Oxfam, and Care International have pulled their staffs out of Iraq. Yet other humanitarian aid workers remain, risking their lives to help the needy. Their work is difficult, not only because of the violence, but because many Iraqis are suspicious of them, wondering whether aid workers are really occupiers.
Aki Ra is a truly remarkable and extraordinarily brave man. He is a Cambodian, and was orphaned as a child. Then, before he was a teenager, he became a soldier. Now, he is devoting his life — and risking it, almost daily — compensating for, atoning for, the harm he once did. Ra defuses and clears land mines, the ones he once placed, so they won’t kill or maim any more of his countrymen. More
As the U.S. declared Saddam Hussein's regime ended, one huge diplomatic question outstanding was whether victory in Iraq would lead to new steps toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians. After two years of the latest violence, are the two sides ready to negotiate? How much pressure will the U.S. apply?
Carol Zaleski is a professor of religion at Smith College and her husband, Philip Zaleski, is a religion writer and editor. Together they are writing a book about prayer in all cultures, and both have much to say on the role of prayer during wartime.
In Jordan, next door to Iraq, humanitarian aid workers have relief supplies but only limited access to Iraq. There are daily demonstrations in Amman against the war in Iraq and the American government. Opposition to the war is overwhelming among both Muslims and Christians.
Islamic scholars in Cairo said an attack on Iraq would be an attack on all Islam, and that every Muslim would have the obligation to defend the faith. Diane Knippers, Jack Moline, and Akbar Ahmed join us to discuss the implications of that call -- and of the war -- for Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
As the U.S. military buildup continues in the Middle East, debate also continues over the morality of going to war. William Galston and George Weigel share their opinions and concerns over the subject. Galston is a professor at the School of Public Affairs and the Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at University of Maryland and Weigel is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington.