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America Abandoned the Lessons of Vietnam in the Iraq War, Says Mahmood Mamdani

In the Iraq war America abandoned the lesson of Vietnam, says Mahmood Mamdani. He, Jean Cohen and Partha Chatterjee participate in a discussion entitled "Global Consequences of the Iraq War: From Vietnam to Iraq, What Has Changed"? The event was presented by The Columbia Faculty Peace Committee.

Mahmood Mamdani
 
Mahmood Mamdani

Mahmood Mamdani Considers Lessons of Vietnam Today
Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, considers the lesson of Vietnam today. He says America abandoned the lessons of Vietnam in Iraq -- that the battle against nationalism can not be won by military occupation. Six months after the war's end, Mamdani says America is looking for proxies in Iraq.

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Jean Cohen
 
Jean Cohen

UN Must Reassert Itself as Guardian, Guarantor of Transfer of Sovereignty, Says Jean Cohen
Jean Cohen, professor of political science, says she hopes the UN doesn't miss the opportunity to reassert itself and to insist on replacing the United States as guardian and guarantor of the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi people. Even if the UN gets involved, the danger of failed constitutional compromise among all relevant forces and civil war still remains, she says.

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Partha Chatterjee
 
Partha Chatterjee

UN Must Put Restraints on Absolutism of United States, Says Partha Chatterjee
"It seems to me what the U.S. administration is proposing is that it is happy to work through the United Nations, as long as the United States is effectively the sole member with veto power," says Partha Chatterjee, professor of anthropology. Struggles within the United Nations must be seen primarily as an institutional battle to put restraints on the absolutism of the United States, he says.

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Mahmood Mamdani Response

Mahmood Mamdani Response

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Shot: Oct 01, 2003
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Last modified:Oct 10, 2003