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Middle East Aflame
WATCH: Walter Russell Mead, Cardinal Dolan on ME’s Persecuted Christians

Walter Russell Mead and Timothy, Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York appeared at the Hudson Institute on May 7 to discuss the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Readers who follow our Twitter accounts may remember two of our staff writers live-tweeting the event; it also led to WRM’s recent column in The Wall Street Journal on the same subject.

Now, thanks to some help from Hudson, we are able to bring you the full video of the event. Cardinal Dolan opened with a rousing, pithy speech outlining ISIS’s religious persecution and what American Catholics could do to help. He was then joined in conversation by Maronite Bishop Gregory John Mansour, and took questions:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/62153938

As WRM joked, one of the first rules of public speaking should be never to follow an articulate Cardinal. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what he did, speaking at length on a grand-strategy response to the case of persecuted religious minorities:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/62294860

This is an issue we will continue to cover in depth here at The American Interest. For now, we highly recommend these two talks as must-watch viewing for anyone interested in this ongoing crisis.

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