What happens when the guns fall silent, the soldiers go home, the treaty is signed? Peace--and a new set of problems. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge-- a critic of the war in Vietnam says the fruits of that peace are sour. Also-- ideas on how to make peace-- from an International Criminal Court to a new school for Arabs and Jews.
Malvina Halberstam teaches courses in international law and criminal justice at New York's Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. She tells Judith Strasser about the proposed permanent International Criminal Court which would try individuals for crimes including genocide and other crimes against humanity, possibly including terrorism.SEGMENT 2:
Jewish Israeli educator and peace activist Lee Gordon tells Steve Paulson about the pilot integrated, bilingual school he has created with an Arab colleague. They hope to further the prospects for peace in the Middle East by educating both Arab and Jewish children to respect eachother's culture. Also, Daniel Gomez-Ibanez is executive director of the International Committee for the Peace Council. Council members include Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Oscar Arias Sanchez and other leaders of the world's major religions. Gomez-Ibanez tells Jim Fleming that the Council has identified seven threats to world peace and gives examples of how personal witness can make a difference.SEGMENT 3:
Historian Gabriel Kolko tells Judith Strasser that people were right to protest the Vietnam war, even though modern Vietnam is a travesty of everything the peasants fought for. He concludes that war is a profoundly irrational activity in which everyone loses. Kolko's books include "Anatomy of a War" and "Vietnam: Anatomy of a Peace."
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