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Law's George Fletcher, Harvard's Alan Dershowitz Debate the 'Romantic' and 'Rational' Reasons Behind Middle East Conflict

Columbia Law Professor George Fletcher and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz debate the morality of attacking Iraq, involvement in Afghanistan and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Fletcher represents the "romantic" view of war and terrorism, saying unarticulated emotions such as revenge, humiliation and honor are the driving forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East conflicts. Dershowitz takes the more rational approach, saying leaders generally consider a cost-benefit analysis before acting.

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Published: Nov 25, 2002
Last modified:Nov 22, 2002