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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero) and Matthew Lee (Inner City Press, Predatory Bender)

Bloggingheads United Nations correspondent Matthew Lee reports on the vetoed Syria resolution and the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to its failure. Bob wonders if the world would be better off with a “get out of jail free” card for deposed dictators. Plus, Matthew has a shocking report on a Sri Lankan war criminal becoming a UN peacekeeping advisor, which leads him to inveigh against the UN’s lack of accountability.

Recorded: Feb 4   Posted: Feb 5, 2012
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The Wright Show | Feb 5, 2012 | Robert Wright & Matthew Lee

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