Welcome to the Special Bonus Euro-edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 26, 2017, introducing our European correspondent William Campbell.
We’ve decided that we don’t sound sophisticated enough (why did it take so long to reach *that* conclusion??) and we have attempted to remedy that situation by finding a new HLC contributor who has an Irish accent (although he sounds British to me). Mr. William Campbell is an author, podcaster and entrepreneur. Although he has spent most of his life in Ireland, he was also educated in the UK and the US and has lived in Italy, Germany and Thailand. He is the host of his own podcast: Challenging Opinions on which Todd has appeared (although I haven’t been invited yet).
We discuss the ongoing reaction to the Manchester bombing and its influence on the British snap election called recently by Theresa May. One troubling fact that has emerged which we discuss is that the bomber, Salman Abedi, was born in 1994 in Manchester and grew up in Britain – although his parents had continuing ties to their native land of Libya and were virulently anti-Gaddafi.
Abedi appears to have fought in Libya and, according to his sister, felt a sense of outrage at Western military actions there and elsewhere in the Middle East. We consider the distinction and overlaps between a religious motivation for terror and a revenge motivation for terror. And, vis-à-vis the British election, Jeremy Corbin has said, while insisting that no excuse can be made for the horror of the Manchester bombing, that UK foreign policy is part of the problem that helps to create terrorist fervor.
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