Kresta in the Afternoon – January 7, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Strategic Reading in the Gaza Conflict: An Eight Points Assessment

    Hundreds of embattled Palestinians ventured outside to shop for food today during a three-hour Gaza truce, a first step toward an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire under discussion by Israel and Hamas. Violence resumed in the area soon after the truce expired, and Palestinians returned to the precarious safety of their home after stocking up on food and visiting family and friends. Dr. Walid Phares has been watching violence in the Middle East for decades and says  “The current conflict is not really about the classic Arab-Israeli process, which can resume between Israel and the Palestinian Authority anytime it is not obstructed. The Gaza fight is about Iran's confrontation with Israel, and perhaps with the United States.” Dr. Phares is here to make his case.

    Second Topic – Abortion Rites: A Social History of Abortion in America

    In a remarkable and controversial work which goes back to 1992, Marvin Olasky wrote an in-depth analysis of the history of abortion in America. Part One describes the three groups of women who were having abortions through the mid-nineteenth century. Part Two examines the failures and limited successes of anti-abortion Americans as they tried to develop a societal mind-set in which abortion was condemned. And Part Three carries the story into the twentieth century, examining the moral transition among physicians and the impact of changing values and economic pressures. It is as relevant today as it ever was, and Marvin joins us to look at the social history of abortion in America.

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