Ezekiel Emanuel is the Chair of the Department of Bioethics at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Emanuel is a well-known authority on the ethics of clinical research, end of life care issues, euthanasia and the ethics of managed care.
He has published in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancent, JAMA, and many other medical journals. His book The Ends of Human Life: Medical Ethics in a Liberal Polity received an honorable mention for the Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Dr. Emanuel was educated at Amherst College, Oxford University and Harvard University, from which he holds both an MD and PhD in political philosophy. He also served on the ethics section of President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, on the National Bioethics Advisory Committee, and on the bioethics panel of the Pan American Health Organization.
Ezekiel Emanuel: I mean when you look around this world at the number of “failed states” – Somalia, Haiti – you really have . . . Congo . . . you really have to be scared about what that breeds. Pakistan may turn out to be one of those states. Iraq may turn out to be one of those states. And you’ve got to . . . I think we all have to be very worried about that. We have to be religious fundamentalism and the notion of . . . There you really have, I think, something which is . . . is . . . worry about the culture of death. The notion that you go out and kill people and that’s a good thing. Either because you are so alienated from society and you see no future; or because the culture has created the idea that somehow killing people is a way to purity and to being saved. We had a period . . . the war or religions was like that. The Catholics and the Protestants in Europe were killing each other to no end. _______ disappear. Unfortunately we now have that. And we’re not dealing with bows and arrows, but we’re dealing with much more sophisticated weaponry – maybe even weapons of mass destruction. That’s seemingly worrisome to me. I would not be surprised if we ended up with a nuclear explosion, and hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of people – dead. Maybe we would then step – take a step back. But I actually think that’s a real possibility.
Recorded on: 7/5/07