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Fouad Ajami, 1945-2014
Weekly Standard ^ | 6/23/2014 | Paul Wolfowitz

Posted on 06/23/2014 10:47:49 AM PDT by mojito

The death of Fouad Ajami this weekend, at the age of 68, deprived this country and the world of a uniquely powerful voice – one that is at the same time both Arab and American – that could have helped guide us, as he has in the past, through the hazards and complications of his native Middle East.

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Born in Lebanon, Fouad became an American by choice. He embraced the values of his adopted country, the United States, with a passion that matched his adoption of English. But he never lost sight of where he had come from or of the complexities and tragedies that will beset that part of the world for a long time to come. His writing is imbued with a deep sense of the tragedy arising from the clash between American power, with its “armies and machines – and earnestness," and “a big impenetrable region” where “America could awe the people of the Arab-Muslim world, and that region could outwit and outwait American power. . . . America could entertain for Iraqis hopes of a decent political culture, and the enemies of this project could fall back on a bigotry sharpened for combat and intolerance.”

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I learned a great deal about the ME from reading Ajami, which was always a pleasure, even in those rare instances when I disagreed with him.

But what I'll remember best about him was in 2008, when Ajami warned America about 0bama and the kind of man he was, even as the rest of the MSM swooned and fainted.

A good man, a fine scholar and writer. He will be missed, especially in times like these.

RIP.

1 posted on 06/23/2014 10:47:49 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

A very smart and reasonable man. RIP


2 posted on 06/23/2014 10:49:11 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (luke 6:38)
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To: mojito

RIP.

What a bad time to lose such a great thinker.


3 posted on 06/23/2014 10:52:23 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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A great loss for Our Nation.
Rest in Peace Mr. Ajami.
4 posted on 06/23/2014 11:45:57 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: mojito

Ditto, Amen. He made the Middle East almost comprehensible, and was a great writer. I never got the sense that he had any agendas. This is a great loss to America and the world.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 12:36:54 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Please excuse the potholes in this tagline. Social programs have to take priority in our funding.)
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To: mojito

RIP.


6 posted on 06/23/2014 4:48:15 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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