Howard Zinn and the War on Terror

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In his latest book, "Terrorism and War," leftist anti-war historian Howard Zinn calls for Americans to start a "real revolution in our thinking" about war and history.

Zinn says if the U.S. wants to ever find real security, it has to change its posture in the world. That means stop using its military power to intervene in other countries policies, and stop dominating other countries' economies. These tacks, Zinn argues, have created a reservoir of possible terrorists around the world who have suffered at the hand of the US, and are ready to strike back.

This hour: can the U.S. afford to back off from its interventionist policies, to step down its military might? Could military action against terrorism actually put US security at greater risk?


Howard Zinn, Professor emeritus at Boston University. A decorated World War II bombardier, Zinn was an active figure in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. His seminal book, "A People's History of the United States," is widely used in college and university classrooms. His latest book is "Terrorism and War."

This program aired on June 17, 2002.


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