Scott Horton Interviews Randall Amster

Scott Horton, April 07, 2011

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Randall Amster, Peace Studies teacher at Prescott College and Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association, discusses his CommonDreams article “Looking for Mr. Goodwar? Consider a ‘Truth Surge’ Instead;” why wars are fought for strategic interests, not moral imperatives, despite what the politicians say; selling wars to the public with used-car salesman bait and switch tactics; and the popularity of peace – the problem being a lack of agreement on how to achieve it.

MP3 here. (19:30)

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., teaches Peace Studies and chairs the Master’s program in Humanities at Prescott College. He is the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association, and serves as Contributing Editor for New Clear Vision. Among his recent books are Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness, and the co-edited volume Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action.

5 Responses to “Randall Amster”

  1. The U.S. will bomb [insert Muslim country here on [insert date here].

  2. Yemen, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia. Dates to be determined — need to check bomb inventory first.

  3. The real problem: Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability and wrote First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War and Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare). Bob Aldridge wrote on the missiles to be deployed in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and in Romania and Poland by 2015: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 can hit within 30 meters of the target and that´s enough to destroy a missile silo. According to Professor Paul Rogers the warheads on Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 are designed to minimize nuclear winter when used against a missile silo. The Russian countermove will be Launch On Warning and we´ll probably commit suicide by mistake/accident because the Pentagon aims to achieve an unanswerable first-strike capability.

  4. The U.S. will bomb [any country that has oil that doesn't have an Empire installed puppet] [Whenever Israel says so (insert date here)]. America has become the greatest terrorist nation on earth. What a waste. A country with so much promise now has a president who is so weak as to warmonger with the worst of them as he practices the lowly art of humanitarian imperialism. Its enough to make you want to vomit fecal debris.

  5. I don't know if many Americans would get the joke, but in the rest of the English-speaking world, 'Randy Amster' is an awesomely amusing name.

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