Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Perpetually Confused Conflicts in the Middle East--public lecture by William O. Beeman with discussion from Portland Oregon

The Perpetually Confused Conflicts in the Middle East

Attached is a recording of a lecture given to the "Thirsters" civic group in Portland, Oregon on August 7, 2014 dealing with the many conflicts in the Middle East today.

This is a long audio file--nearly 3 hours and 30 minutes. I spoke for an hour and the next two and a half hours were intense questions and discussion. Please note that the beginning of this sound file contains crowd noises. The lecture starts after an introduction from the president of the group.

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Anonymous said...

The perpetually delusional ayatollah:
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has often said that he believes ISIS was created by the United States as a way to regain a foothold in Iraq and to fight President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, an ally of Iran.

“We have evidence, we know,” he told an audience of clerics last week, without elaborating.

Ayatollah Khamenei reminded them that Al Qaeda — a creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, Iran has said — and the Taliban were, in the eyes of Iranian intelligence, devised by the West as a counterweight to Iran.

“There is no doubt that these movements are created by Western powers and their regional agents,” Mr. Khamenei has insisted.