Scott Horton Interviews Phyllis Bennis

Scott Horton, August 31, 2010

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Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the mosque hysteria ginned up to bolster Iraq and Afghan War support, Ground Zero’s rhetorical conversion into hallowed ground – encouraging religious fervor and holy war, what Bush should have said and done after 9/11, why the only uncertainty of new Israel/Palestine peace talks is what Obama will do when they fail and how the negotiations are grounded in juvenile conflict resolution instead of international law.

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Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies where she directs the New Internationalism Project. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has recent articles published in YES! magazine and Alternet. While working as a journalist at the United Nations during the run-up to the 1990-91 Gulf War, she began examining U.S. domination of the UN, and stayed involved in work on Iraq sanctions and disarmament, and later the U.S. wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 1999, Phyllis accompanied a delegation of congressional aides to Iraq to examine the impact of U.S.-led economic sanctions on humanitarian conditions there, and later joined former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday, who had resigned his position as Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq to protest the impact of sanctions, in a speaking tour. In 2001 she helped found and remains on the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She works closely with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global peace movement.  She continues to serve as an adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues.

7 Responses to “Phyllis Bennis”

  1. "STOP Picking on MUSLIMS" Extremely good advice from Ms Phyllis Bennis.
    Muslims are certainly unlike communism (Russians Model), now exhibiting a slow resurgence. .Next we should be EXTRA careful of not picking on the Panda Model.That could be even more dangerous, than te former type.We all are now observing their quick rising powers all over the world.
    As for Muslims/Islamism,this is like a huge (1.500 MILLIONS) Nest of WASPS, with its populations busily minding their own business, BUT if any ? thinking that he could play with this nest and receive NO HARM then he sure must be unwisely mistaken.
    It is far better to make friends than ennemies.

  2. Do not worry ma’am,

    Muslims the world over are very amused, since the 911 controlled-demolition machination, of the recent desperate ground-zero gesticulations aimed at avoiding reflexion on the Big Lies and Perpetrations.

    Burning qurans and yelling loud insults will not prevent the truth from being spoken loudly.

    The more the perpetrators of 911 will bash muslims and Islam the more the world will realize there is something really fishy in Babylon the Great.

  3. I too, share Robert's comments that 9/11 may have been orchestrated by Zionist/US elements. The US so-called hunt for Osama bin Laden makes one ponder the question: Why did the US squander so amny opportunities to capture or kill bin Laden? The most plausible answer is that he provides justification for continued garrisoning of the planet. The military-industrial-complex and Israel have been and are the major beneficiaries of 9/11.

  4. Phyllis Bennis: read some of David Ray Griffin and view "Core of Corruption" and "Loose Change"; inother words, educate yourself beyond the Noam Chomsky gaga on 9/11 and you can see you need to know that 9/11 does not stand on its own–everything that came after stands ON 9/11.

    PS Typical Liberal/Lefty/Amy Goodman Progressive–I don't believe in conspiracy theories but we all know the US faked the Gulf of Tonkin attacks–right.

  5. If anti-Park51 is being ginned up to reignite war support, who's behind anti-Park51? Name names, please. It's extremely useful to be specific about who 'they' are, because then you can figure out a lot more about their motives, as well as figuring out how to counter them

  6. The ground zero mosque has been the most amusing news story in years. And the first sign that the core elements of the war party are feuding. Neo cons and Muslim haters. Sadly the 'anti war' movement if it exists does not understand that keeping the feud going is more important than sounding smart or progressive. I would suggest doing everything possible to keep the whatever from being built on sacred ground aka anything south of Tribeca. Please write articles that suggest if the building of the mosque is just another sign of America losing and being feeble. We can't fight'em there if we can't fight'em here.

  7. I'm more amused that apparently, I'm supposed to divide the world into "region of war" and "region of Islam". Oh, and apparently there's this global Caliphate I am part of, but no one gave me any memo about it. I don't know the secret handshake yet.

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