Prescient

Joel Bleifuss

During the first Gulf War, David Rubenstein wrote in the February 27, 1991 issue of In These Times:Anyone who has talked to religious Muslims from the region must be concerned that no matter how decisively George Bush can knock out Iraq, in fact he has started a bloody conflict with a much larger and more diffuse opponent, a conflict that will not be resolved for many years, perhaps decades or longer … think of it as an entitlement program: Every kid born in America gets a share of a trillion-dollar debt and a free ticket to a holy war.

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Joel Bleifuss, a former director of the Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the editor & publisher of In These Times, where he has worked since October 1986.

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