Robert Koehler on U.S. warmaking, the role of the media and the roots of violence
This week on If You Love This Planet, Dr. Caldicott talks with journalist Robert Koehler, who writes a nationally syndicated column for the Chicago Tribune. As the Bush administration unleashed its war on terror, Koehler became increasingly focused on current events, and refers to the column as “part political brawl, part secular prayer.” Koehler has won awards for his writing from the National Newspaper Association, Suburban Newspapers of America, and the Chicago Headline Club. He is the author of Courage Grows Strong at the Wound (published by Xenos Press), a collection of his essays. Some of Koehler’s recent columns include Sanity in Exile, about the U.S. and Iran; The Theology of Armageddon and Predator Syndrome, about nuclear weapons; Captives to the Logic of Violence, about America’s focus on warmaking; Military-Industrial Journalism on Rupert Murdoch; and Internal Combustion about the Canadian tar sands and global warming. Visit Koehler’s website to read other columns. Dr. Caldicott and Koehler touch on the nature of peace journalism, the roots of violence, the 2011 Norway youth camp slayings, the morality of U.S. trillion-dollar military spending, Rubert Murdoch’s media influence, the power of Fox News, and Obama’s lack of backbone.