Steve Simpson interviews Elan Journo on some of the lessons we can draw from what we have witnessed in the Middle East, during the thirteen years since 9/11. How should we judge the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Who is the enemy? How should we think of ISIS?

 

Additional points covered:

 

  • How conventional morality — the notion of altruism, i.e., the idea that self-sacrifice for the sake of others is the essence of morality — crippled our military response to 9/11.

 

  • Why the Bush doctrine of spreading democracy in the Middle East was doomed to fail.

 

  • The nature of the enemy: Who are they and what drives them?

 

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