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  • Forgiveness

    11/12/2015 11:02:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    When it comes to changing a state, which is only a political union, into a people, there is nothing like defeat. Not just losing a great war or enduring a great depression, but a definitive defeat that changes everything from then on, and spells The End of everything that has come before. For Southerners, that single Event was The War (1861-65). Accepting the National Book Award for "The Moviegoer," which was published in 1962, a century after The War was fought, Walker Percy was asked why the Southern view of history was so different from that of the rest of...
  • Fouad Ajami Goes To Israel

    01/09/2015 3:35:14 PM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Mosaic Magazine ^ | January 8, 22015 | Martin Kramer
    The scholar and public intellectual Fouad Ajami, who was born in Lebanon and died last summer in Maine at the age of sixty-eight, specialized in explaining to Westerners the complex and traumatic encounter of the Arab peoples with modernity. He didn’t write much about Israel per se, or claim any unique insights into its complexities. And yet, at a certain point in his life, he decided he would discover Israel for himself—not only by reading and meeting Israelis abroad, but by visiting the place. As it happens, I witnessed several of the stages of this discovery, first as his student...
  • Fouad Ajami, 1945-2014

    06/23/2014 10:47:49 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/23/2014 | Paul Wolfowitz
    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. [....] 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...
  • Statement by John Raisian, Director of Hoover Institution, Stanford Univ. - Fouad Ajami has died

    06/22/2014 4:41:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of Fouad Ajami, who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. Fouad is truly one of the most brilliant Middle East scholars of our time. His Hoover Institution family will forever miss his superb scholarship, quick wit and gentle spirit. As we reflect upon a man whose life and intellectual contributions influenced so many, our thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife, Michelle. Fouad Ajami was born September 18, 1945 in Arnoun, Lebanon. Ajami was a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, and more recently the Herbert and...
  • Fouad Ajami: When the Obama Magic Died

    11/15/2013 1:48:36 AM PST · by Innovative · 79 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 14, 2013 | Fouad Ajami
    The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama's policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself. If Barack Obama seems like a man alone, with nervous Democrats up for re-election next year running for cover, and away from him, this was the world he made. No advisers of stature can question his policies; the price of access in the Obama court...
  • Fouad Ajami: A Lawyer Lost in a Region of Thugs

    10/24/2013 5:46:52 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | Fouad Ajami
    Obama's foreign policy has been consistent from its first day: Let us reason together. -excerpt- The remarkable thing about President Obama’s diplomacy in the region is that it has come full circle—to the very beginning of his presidency. The promised “opening” to Iran, the pass given to Bashar Assad’s tyranny in Syria, the abdication of the American gains in Iraq and a reflexive unease with Israel—these were hallmarks of the new president’s approach to foreign policy. Now we are simply witnessing the alarming consequences of such a misguided, naïve outlook. -excerpt- Those who run the Islamic Republic of Iran and...
  • Why is the Arab world so easily offended? (Fouad Ajami)

    09/15/2012 2:24:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | Fouad Ajami
    Modernity requires the willingness to be offended. And as anti-American violence across the Middle East and beyond shows, that willingness is something the Arab world, the heartland of Islam, still lacks. --snip-- In the narrative of history transmitted to schoolchildren throughout the Arab world and reinforced by the media, religious scholars and laymen alike, Arabs were favored by divine providence. They had come out of the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century, carrying Islam from Morocco to faraway Indonesia. In the process, they overran the Byzantine and Persian empires, then crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to Iberia, and there they...
  • America's Alibis for Not Helping Syria

    02/28/2012 8:01:44 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear World/WSJ ^ | Feb. 25, 2012 | Fouad Ajami
    There are the Friends of Syria, and there are the Friends of the Syrian Regime. The former, a large group-the United States, the Europeans and the bulk of Arab governments-is casting about for a way to end the Assad regime's assault on its own people. In their ranks there is irresolution and endless talk about the complications and the uniqueness of the Syrian case. No such uncertainty detains the Friends of the Syrian Regime-Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and to a lesser extent China. In this camp, there is a will to prevail, a knowledge of the stakes in this cruel contest,...
  • Barack Obama the Pessimist

    08/01/2011 8:08:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Wallstreet Journal ^ | AUGUST 1, 2011 | FOUAD AJAMI
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AUGUST 1, 2011 Barack Obama the Pessimist His lack of faith in American exceptionalism has dashed any hope of a 'transformational' presidency. By FOUAD AJAMI In one of the illuminating, unscripted moments of the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama said—much to the dismay of his core constituency—that the Reagan presidency had been "transformational" in a way that Bill Clinton's hadn't. Needless to say, Mr. Obama aspired to a transformational presidency of his own. He had risen against the background of a deep economic recession, amid unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; he could be forgiven the...
  • Robert Gates Is Right About Iraq

    06/04/2011 5:29:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    New Republic ^ | June 3, 2011 | Fouad Ajami
    The U.S. war in Iraq has just been given an unexpected seal of approval. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in what he billed as his “last major policy speech in Washington,” has owned up to the gains in Iraq, to the surprise that Iraq has emerged as “the most advanced Arab democracy in the region.” It was messy, this Iraqi democratic experience, but Iraqis “weren’t in the streets shooting each other, the government wasn’t in the streets shooting its people,” Gates observed. The Americans and the Iraqis had not labored in vain; the upheaval of the Arab Spring has only underlined...
  • Islam's Encounters With America (Fouad Ajami)

    09/20/2010 7:20:49 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 20, 2010 | Fouad Ajami
    A survey by Elaph, the most respected electronic daily in the Arab world, saw 58% object to the building of the WTC mosque. *********************************************** From his recent travels to the Persian Gulf—sponsored and paid for by the State Department—Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf returned with a none-too-subtle threat. His project, the Ground Zero Mosque, would have to go on. Its cancellation would risk putting "our soldiers, our troops, our embassies and citizens under attack in the Muslim world." Leave aside the attempt to make this project a matter of national security. The self-appointed bridge between America and the Arab-Islamic world is...
  • Petraeus and Obama's Uncertain Trumpet

    06/28/2010 1:17:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | JUNE 28, 2010 | Fouad Ajami
    The chroniclers tell us that Lyndon Johnson never took to the Vietnam War. He prosecuted it, it became his war, but it was, in LBJ's language, a "bitch of a war." He fought it with a premonition that it could wreck his Great Society programs. He had a feel for the popular mood. "I don't think the people of the country know much about Vietnam, and I think they care a hell of a lot less." We know how that war ended, and the choreography of President Obama relieving Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command notwithstanding, there is to this...
  • Islam's Nowhere Men

    05/11/2010 5:02:08 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 360+ views
    WSJ ^ | MAY 10, 2010 | Fouad Ajami
    'A Muslim has no nationality except his belief," the intellectual godfather of the Islamists, Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, wrote decades ago. Qutb's "children" are everywhere now; they carry the nationalities of foreign lands and plot against them. The Pakistani born Faisal Shahzad is a devotee of Sayyid Qutb's doctrine, and Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, was another. Qutb was executed by the secular dictatorship of Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1966. But his thoughts and legacy endure. Globalization, the shaking up of continents, the ease of travel, and the doors for immigration flung wide open by Western liberal societies...
  • The Obama Spell Is Broken

    02/03/2010 11:18:58 PM PST · by dixjea · 49 replies · 2,004+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 2, 2010, 9:33 A.M. ET | FOUAD AJAMI
    The curtain has come down on what can best be described as a brief un-American moment in our history. That moment began in the fall of 2008, with the great financial panic, and gave rise to the Barack Obama phenomenon. .. The speed with which some of his devotees have turned on him—and their unwillingness to own up to what their infatuation had wrought—is nothing short of astounding. There was cultural "cool" and racial absolution for the white professional classes ... There was understandable racial pride on the part of the African-American community... The white working class had been slow...
  • The Obama Spell Is Broken

    02/01/2010 2:42:07 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 63 replies · 2,841+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 31, 2010 | FOUAD AJAMI
    The curtain has come down on what can best be described as a brief un-American moment in our history. That moment began in the fall of 2008, with the great financial panic, and gave rise to the Barack Obama phenomenon. --snip--There had been that magical moment—the campaign of 2008—and the true believers want to return to it. But reality is merciless. The spell is broken.
  • Obama's Summer of Discontent

    08/24/2009 5:20:26 PM PDT · by mathprof · 15 replies · 843+ views
    WSJ ^ | 8/24/09 | FOUAD AJAMI
    So we are to have a French health-care system without a French tradition of political protest. It is odd that American liberalism, in a veritable state of insurrection during the Bush presidency, now seeks political quiescence. These "townhallers" who have come forth to challenge ObamaCare have been labeled "evil-mongers" (Harry Reid), "un-American" (Nancy Pelosi), agitators and rowdies and worse. A political class, and a media elite, that glamorized the protest against the Iraq war, that branded the Bush presidency as a reign of usurpation, now wishes to be done with the tumult of political debate. President Barack Obama himself, the...
  • Obama's Summer of Discontent

    So we are to have a French health-care system without a French tradition of political protest. It is odd that American liberalism, in a veritable state of insurrection during the Bush presidency, now seeks political quiescence. These "townhallers" who have come forth to challenge ObamaCare have been labeled "evil-mongers" (Harry Reid), "un-American" (Nancy Pelosi), agitators and rowdies and worse.
  • Autocracy and the Decline of the Arabs

    08/06/2009 8:18:31 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 618+ views
    WSJ ^ | AUGUST 6, 2009 | FOUAD AJAMI
    ‘It made me feel so jealous,” said Abdulmonem Ibrahim, a young Egyptian political activist, of the recent upheaval in Iran. “We are amazed at the organization and speed with which the Iranian movement has been functioning. In Egypt you can count the number of activists on your hand.” This degree of “Iran envy” is a telling statement on the stagnation of Arab politics. It is not pretty, Iran’s upheaval, but grant the Iranians their due: They have gone out into the streets to contest the writ of the theocrats. In contrast, little has stirred in Arab politics of late. The...
  • Obama's Persian Tutorial

    06/22/2009 7:28:02 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 35 replies · 1,422+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 22, 2009 | FOUAD AJAMI
    President Barack Obama did not "lose" Iran. This is not a Jimmy Carter moment. But the foreign-policy education of America's 44th president has just begun. Hitherto, he had been cavalier about other lands, he had trusted in his own biography as a bridge to distant peoples, he had believed he could talk rogues and ideologues out of deeply held beliefs. His predecessor had drawn lines in the sand. He would look past them. Thus a man who had been uneasy with his middle name (Hussein) during the presidential campaign would descend on Ankara and Cairo, inserting himself in a raging...
  • Obama's Afghan Struggle

    03/20/2009 2:44:52 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 5 replies · 426+ views
    WSJ ^ | MARCH 20, 2009 | FOUAD AJAMI
    We face today the oddest and most unexpected of spectacles: On its sixth anniversary, the Iraq war has been vindicated, while the war in Afghanistan looks like a hopeless undertaking in an impossible land. This is not what the opponents of the Iraq war had foreseen. After all, Afghanistan was the good war of necessity whereas Iraq was the war of "choice" in the wrong place. The Afghan struggle was in truth a rod to be held up in the face of the Bush administration's quest in Iraq. Some months ago, Democratic Party strategist Robert Shrum owned up to this...