BBC News World Edition February 26, 2003
War on Iraq: For and against
Click here to listen to Harold Pinter's poem and statement
Click here to listen to Arnold Wesker's statement
the case for war
The French Lieutenant's Woman
to make a moral case for
to wage (a war)
for the sake of
couldn't care less about
from the effects of
to show total indifference to
to be on (in) the cards
an insult to the intelligence
to have a moral position
weapons of mass destruction
to make a giant stride towards + gerund
full spectrum dominance
to coin (a word, term)
Chicken Soup with Barley
to glow with pride and pleasure
to say nothing of
to turn s.t. upside down
to put into disarray
to sign petitions
Osama bin Laden
'he never had it so good'
BBC feature, broadcast over "The World Today" on February 26, 2003,
offers two opposing viewpoints on the current world situation regarding Iraq,
and the U.S. and its supporters. The speakers are Harold
Pinter and Arnold
Wesker, both well known writers. First, follow the links and skim
the biography of each for the most important parts. Both writers are Jewish.
Note the war experiences of Pinter's childhood that have certainly contributed
to his point of view. Wesker once served in the British Royal Air Force, but
has long expressed strongly leftist (socialist/communist) political views and
was once imprisoned for anti-nuclear activities.
Next, look over the vocabulary words, and look up in the dictionary the ones you don't know. Then listen to each recording carefully. First just try to understand the content thoroughly; then evaluate each statement critically. Ask yourself the following questions, and compose your answers into a short essay:
1. What are the main points of each speaker?
2. How does each speaker support his arguments?
3. How much does each argument depend on objective facts and how much on emotional appeal?
4. How does each speaker select the facts he offers in his statement?
5. How does each speaker use emotional appeal to convince his listeners of his point of view?
6. Did hearing these two viewpoints influence your own views on this issue? If so, how?