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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero) and Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution, Temptations of Power)

Shadi details how the US should aid the Syrian rebels, and Bob asks if he’s really ready for all-out war. Bob asks whether intervening wouldn’t mean being on Al Qaeda’s side. Bob and Shadi disagree about the lessons of Libya. They close by discussing which is more naïve—believing that sanctions will topple Assad or believing that military intervention would bring stable peace.

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Recorded:May 27    Posted:May 28, 2012
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Worldwise | May 28, 2012 | Robert Wright & Shadi Hamid

Woodruff & Strauss

Are “Never Trumpers” actually “Probably Trumpers”?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss ask how durable the principled opposition to Trump will be.

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Scholar of religion Jenny Butler explains an Irish folk practice intended to bring good fortune. Plus: Environmentalism as a spiritual practice.

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether the presumptive nominee will choose a female running mate to best position himself against Hillary.

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Massimo Pigliucci explains how Stoics deal with competing moral obligations. Plus: The ethics of eating.

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Bernie Sanders is underappreciated

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Dylan Scott says the unexpected rise of a socialist senator has been overshadowed by The Donald. Plus: Why Carly Fiorina for VP?

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter say it’s unreasonable to judge people of the past using today’s moral standards.

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