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From 9/11 to Today: What Have We Learned?

September 14 @ 6:30 PM 8:00 PM

From Afghanistan to Guantanamo: Following the attacks on 9/11 the Bush Administration opted for a “war on terrorism,” which tragically is still continuing. This important forum will draw on the expertise and personal experiences of the speakers to consider some overlooked consequences of that choice and implications for the present.

While many in our Brooklyn communities hoped that this experience would lead to an increased appreciation of the need for peaceful solutions to international problems, the Bush Administration took the opportunity to take our country to war–in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other secret locations. It also trampled international law by incarcerating men in Guantanamo, without due process or basic human rights.

Twenty years later, the suffering from that choice for hundreds of thousands of people across the globe as well as American troops is ongoing. In this anniversary year, and as the war in Afghanistan is “officially over,” it seems essential to take account of this “war on terror,” to consider the actions of the US government, and to take stock of the effects. What lessons can we draw from these policy decisions and where do we go from here?

Guest Speakers:

Nancy Hollander is a distinguished criminal defense attorney, who has represented prisoners in Guantanamo and other politically persecuted individuals, including Chelsea Manning.

 

Danny Sjursen is a retired US Army Major from Staten Island, who has served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and who has become a leading critic of the “forever wars.”

 

Moderator: Carolyn “Rusti” Eisenberg, Co-founder, Brooklyn For Peace; Professor of US History and American Foreign Policy, Hofstra University

DISCUSSION: Where do we go from here?

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Sponsor: Brooklyn For Peace

Co-Sponsors Invited! Please email bfp@brooklynpeace.org if your organization would like to co-sponsor.

Brooklyn For Peace

718 624 5921

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