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To: Keith
The author's primary purpose is to help the reader understand the Middle East vis a vis the United States and the West. While he does not offer an explicit prescription for a course of action the US should pursue, if you read carefully the last paragraph you can see what he favors.
4 posted on 11/10/2001 5:34:26 PM PST by l33t
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To: l33t
Fouad Ajami is excellant. He is a clear thinker and profound analyst with a complete background in his subject matter. His point is that the foundation for the current confrontation is much broader than the Palestinians and their complaint with Israel.

The vast population of the area inhabited by the Mohammadans were never part of the 20th century and resented it. By the end of the century, they knew it and devised many reasons to blame their problems on the United States. Those reasons are so numerous and wide spread that they cover most of the population in the area: Oil revenue misallocation, local political oppression, and the fact that these people by Western standards are dirt poor and are going to stay that way.

Ironically, almost all of these problems are properly laid at the feet of the Islamic religious zealots. But for Islam, they would have increasingly Westernized political leadership and an increasing share of Western prosperity. But most of these people are no more rational that our Domestic liberals. So they blame us and hate us and have embarked on an obviously foreseeable effort to destroy us.

There really isn't any obvious solution other than the military one which Fauad does not like any better than we do so he does not say anything about it. However this is really a battle to the death. Maybe if the Islamists can disable us domestically with smallpox and nuclear destruction, reducing our population by forty or fifty million and degrading our ability to mount an overseas military response, they would leave us alone while they subdue the political powers of the Middle East and of Europe.

But in the long run, it is probable that if we do not destroy them, they will destroy us. I don't think many people in the United States realize that.

6 posted on 11/10/2001 6:15:45 PM PST by David
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To: l33t
I guess...it simply looks to me like he's warning us not to get ripped off in the bazaar...even though we know that we will...no matter what we do.

Thanks for the advice, Fouad.

7 posted on 11/10/2001 6:54:34 PM PST by Keith
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