Good evening, podcast listeners! We apologize for bringing you this week’s episode a day late, but we’re sure you’ll find it was worth the wait, as we invite Michael Doran and Rasha Al Aqeedi onto the show.
First, Michael Doran, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, speaks with Richard about his reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress yesterday. He reflects on the symbolism of Bibi being invited by Speaker Boehner—not President Obama—and examines the content of the speech as well, including what it says about America’s Iran policy.
Then, we’re joined by Rasha Al Aqeedi, an editor and assistant researcher at Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai and a native of Mosul, who recounts her story of leaving Mosul after receiving death threats from ISIS. She offers a seldom-heard perspective on what’s happening in Iraq, including the difficulties involved in communicating with those still in the country and Iraqis’ reaction to ISIS incursions, America’s former presence in their country, and their central government. She talks also of the expulsion of Christians, the plight of women, and how fanaticism is stoking agnostic and atheistic thinking.