Episode #716: Podcast for November 24, 2012
Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed Uri Anvery and Steven Goose.
Kevan Harris, ‘The Radical Pessimist,’ sat in with Chuck during Saturday morning’s show.
Uri is a former Irgun member, a veteran of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, a former member of the Knesset, and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement which he began in 1993. Uri is known for crossing the lines at the Siege of Beirut on July 3, 1982, to meet Yassir Arafat. It was the first time the Palestinian leader ever met with an Israeli.
Uri’s most recent writing includes, “Another Superfluous War.” Uri spoke to us live from Tel Aviv.
Stephen is director of Human Rights Watch‘s Arms Division. Steve co-founded with Human Rights Watch the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. He was instrumental in the the 1997 international treaty banning antipersonnel mines, the 2003 protocol on explosive remnants of war, and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which has been signed by more than 100 states to date.
Steve was on to discuss “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots,” the “first major publication about fully autonomous weapons by a nongovernmental organization and is based on extensive research into the law, technology, and ethics of these proposed weapons.” The report, “outlines concerns about these fully autonomous weapons, which would inherently lack human qualities that provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians. In addition, the obstacles to holding anyone accountable for harm caused by the weapons would weaken the law’s power to deter future violations.”
Richard Norwood will be producing Saturday’s broadcast.