Discussions on Iraq war set in Basalt | AspenTimes.com

Discussions on Iraq war set in Basalt

A series of free community discussions on Iraq-related issues will begin Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Basalt Town Hall.

In light of current developments, the first session will be an open one in which participants can share their thoughts about the Iraq conflict.

The Town Square Series, which will run every Thursday evening for at least the next four weeks, is presented by the Safe Place Project, a nonpartisan group of community members and religious leaders that organized the Community Forum on Iraq last month.

Like the Iraq forum, the Town Square discussions will be structured to allow participants to express their views, ask questions and probe all sides of complex issues in a facilitated, nonconfrontational setting. Unlike at the forum, however, the audience will not break up into smaller groups.

Everyone is welcome to attend, whatever their opinions about the war – for, against, or anywhere in between. Ground rules for respectful discussion will be enforced. Potential topics for future discussions include: supporting U.S. troops and their families; America’s response to terrorism; U.S. foreign policy and the Iraq war; options for a postwar Iraq; the USA Patriot Act and homeland defense; U.S. energy policy and national security; the “clash of civilizations”; and spiritual/religious responses to war.

For more information, or to help organize the series, call Dave Reed at 927-9159, or Julie Fox-Rubin at 927-9667.

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