Debating the Iraq War as We Started Bombing Baghdad

March 19th 2003
“Can War Be Just” Panel , March 19, 2003

Ten years ago, our library had scheduled a faculty panel discussion on the Just War Theory. For several months, President George W. Bush had been talking about a preemptive strike against Saddam Hussein . We decided that a discussion on the justification for war would be useful.   We didn’t know it, but we had inadvertently scheduled this panel on the exact day (March 19, 2003) that the US started bombing Baghdad.  Over 300 students packed into the library for this event. Our faculty members were great. Four years later (in 2007), we reconvened this panel for further discussion. I have pasted the link to the podcast from the 2007 event below.

Ten years later, there are still many questions about the Iraq War. This PBS News Hour article addressees some of these: Ten Years Later, What Lessons Can We Take From the Iraq War?

Our Library also has many sources about the war (click here “Iraq War” to view the sources in the library catalog).

Listen to Podcast: The Iraq War Four Years Later: A Panel Discussion Reconvened (Date of Event: March 6, 2007)
Description: Four years ago, on March 19, 2003, the Moraine Valley Library held a panel discussion about the just war theory. Through eerie coincidence, this event fell on the very day that the US started bombing Iraq. Now, four years later, this panel of experts reconvenes to talk about the last four years and the future. As in the book, 1984, war has become an ongoing part of life.

Faculty members Merri Fefles, Andrew Zbeeb, Bill Droel, and Deron Schreck
Merri Fefles, Andrew Zbeeb, Bill Droel, and Deron Schreck in 2003.

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