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A Debate on U.S. Military Intervention in Libya: Juan Cole vs. Vijay Prashad

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As President Obama defends the U.S.-led military attacks on Libya, Democracy Now! broadcasts a debate between Juan Cole and Vijay Prashad.

University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole has just published an article titled, "An Open Letter to the Left on Libya." Cole defends the use of military force to prevent a massacre in Benghazi and to aid the Libyan rebel movement in their liberation struggle.

In opposition to U.S. intervention in Libya, University of Trinity Professor Vijay Prashad warns the United States has involved itself in a decades-long internal Libyan struggle while it ignores violent crackdowns by U.S.-backed governments in Bahrain, Yemen and other countries in the region. He recently wrote an article published in CounterPunch titled, "Intervening in Libya: Why Nothing Good Will Come of This."

WATCH PART 1 OF THE DEBATE:

Click here to read the transcript of the debate.


WATCH PART 2 OF THE DEBATE:

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