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Item Title: Aftermath of the War: The Future of the Gulf
Speaker: Hatcher, Patrick Lloyd
Date Created: March 22, 1991
Description: Professor Hatcher speaks about "the war that was and the peace that might be."

On the war, he argues it was about oil, not abstract ideals of peace, liberty, et cetera.

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Description: Professor Hatcher speaks about "the war that was and the peace that might be." On the war, he argues it was about oil, not abstract ideals of peace, liberty, et cetera. To prove his point, he goes through several myths about the war.

On peace, he makes several arguments. First, he believes, contrary to Secretary Baker, America should not be indefinitely a large presence in the Middle East. He argues America cannot afford it, and the Arabs do not want her there. Second, he believes only Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia matter in the Middle East. Third, he believes America is missing the opportunity of a lifetime to send a message to the world that she is not going to protect them in perpetuity. He argues bringing American forces back to America, not to bases in Europe and Japan. Fourth, he argues that Arabs and Israelis have and can live together in peace. Finally, he calls for people to look beyond religion to determine their goals and means.

Hatcher concludes by looking at the importance of water in the Middle East. He argues its civilizations have always been built on who controlled water.

Description (cont'd): To prove his point, he goes through several myths about the war.

On peace, he makes several arguments. First, he believes, contrary to Secretary Baker, America should not be indefinitely a large presence in the Middle East. He argues America cannot afford it, and the Arabs do not want her there. Second, he believes only Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia matter in the Middle East. Third, he believes America is missing the opportunity of a lifetime to send a message to the world that she is not going to protect them in perpetuity. He argues bringing American forces back to America, not to bases in Europe and Japan. Fourth, he argues that Arabs and Israelis have and can live together in peace. Finally, he calls for people to look beyond religion to determine their goals and means.

Hatcher concludes by looking at the importance of water in the Middle East. He argues its civilizations have always been built on who controlled water.
Theme(s): Recently Added
Language(s): English
Format: Sound Recording
Medium: speeches (documents)
Hoover ID: 2003c87_a_0003686
Record Number: 2003c87.5644
Rights: Used with permission of the Commonwealth Club of California.This copy is provided for educational and research purposes only. No publication, further reproduction, or reuse of copies, beyond fair use, may be made without the express written permission of the copyright owner.
Collection Structure: Commonwealth Club of California records > Sound recordings of club programs > Aftermath of the War: The Future of the Gulf

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