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Season 2007 Episode 0927

Religion and Counterinsurgency in Iraq Today

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On Sacred Grounds: Religion and Counterinsurgency in Iraq Today with Ron Hassner.Insurgents in Iraq have turned mosques into fortified strongholds, forcing US troops to weigh the public relations costs of desecrating sacred space against the benefits of operational failure. Why are Muslim insurgents willing to desecrate their own mosques? Should US Marines who are not Muslim pursue insurgents into mosques? If so, should they be required to remove their shoes and weapons first?Professor Hassner argues that US decision makers, at all levels, are reluctant to engage with the religious implications of the war in Iraq, and they remain ill-equipped to answer such questions. Furthermore, a nuanced understanding of Islam in its multiple traditions, their respective attitudes towards the laws of war and their interpretations of the rules governing sacred space, are critical to solving problems in Iraq - World Affairs Council of Northern Californiamoreless
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