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American public isn't eager to attack Iraq, N.Y.Times columnist tells 3,000 at SCU

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sept.25, 2002 – The U.S. should invade Iraq only if we intend to build a democratic, progressive regime, not simply to kill Saddam Hussein, Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Thomas L. Friedman told a standing-room-only audience at Santa Clara University tonight.

In a speech that kicked off a campus-wide, cross-disciplinary year of inquiry into globalization, Friedman said his travels across the U.S. this summer have convinced him that the American public may be worried, but they are not eager to go to war against Iraq.

The title of the 75-minute speech by Friedman, a twice-weekly New York Times columnist, was "How Globalization is Changing Our World." He explained that since the end of the Cold War, the last 20 years have produced an era of intense interconnectedness, where the Internet has replaced Super Powers like the U.S.S.R. with "super-empowered" men like Ossama bin Laden, individuals capable of creating a "Jihad On Line."

What should the U.S. do? "Be the best global citizens we can be," Friedman said.

The 7 p.m. public lecture at SCU’s Leavey Center drew more than 3,000 students, faculty, staff, and local residents. It was presented in cooperation with the Commonwealth Club/ Silicon Valley and the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

Friedman said "three deficits" in the Arab world – lack of freedom, lack of women’s empowerment, and lack of modern education – lie at the heart of terrorism. He said the world is still waiting for Muslim leaders to emerge who can offer alternatives to bin Laden, leaders who can counter a sense of humiliation that Friedman said is the real source of the rage that exploded on September 11.

The next lecture of the Institute on Globalization will be Oct.14, at the Mayer Theatre, "The Case Against Globalization" by Jerry Mander, president and co-director of the International Forum on Globalization and co-editor of The Case Against the Global Economy. Mander will argue that the rush toward globalization must be reversed to restore the worldwide quality of life.

The institute’s unprecedented array of dozens of public lectures, three international conferences, and museum exhibits, plus 150 courses offered by 21 academic departments and other projects designed specifically for students will look at various aspects of globalization – economic, political, cultural, environmental, and technological – through different disciplines and points of view.

Additional information about the Institute on Globalization and its events may be found at

A videotape of the speech is running continuously on Channel 60 of the on-campus cable system.  A videotape is also available for viewing in the Media Lab in Varsi Hall. Media Lab hours are M-Th 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.-10 p.m.

About Santa Clara University:

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 7,500 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fifth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is on line at



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