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  • Forgiveness

    11/12/2015 11:02:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | 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...
  • Obama Tells Arabia's Despots They're Safe

    01/28/2009 6:47:11 PM PST · by ceoinva · 24 replies · 820+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/28/09 | FOUAD AJAMI
    America's diplomacy of freedom is officially over. "To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect," President Barack Obama said in his inaugural. But in truth, the new way forward is a return to realpolitik and business as usual in America's encounter with that Greater Middle East. As the president told Al-Arabiya television Monday, he wants a return to "the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago." Associated Press/Al-Arabiya Barack Obama is interviewed by Al-Arabiya television on Monday. Say what...
  • The Messiah And The Masses (Rush On Fouad Ajami And Deluded Crowds Alert)

    10/30/2008 4:18:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 1,161+ views
    Rush ^ | 10/30/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    Back to the phones to Sandpoint, Idaho. This is Patricia. Glad you waited. Welcome to the program. CALLER: Hi, Rush. RUSH: Hi! CALLER: This is Pat, and I'm so thankful that you took my call. God bless you for keeping us informed and giving us the truth. RUSH: Thank you, ma'am. CALLER: I'd like to give you an example of the redistribution of wealth. My husband has worked for 30 years in law enforcement. He retired twice, and when he went to apply for his Social Security, because he had put into all this quarters doing part-time jobs raising our...
  • Obama and the Politics of Crowds (Very good)

    10/30/2008 7:06:01 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies · 1,786+ views
    Wall St.Journal ^ | OCTOBER 30, 2008 | FOUAD AJAMI
    There is something odd -- and dare I say novel -- in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail. Hitherto, crowds have not been a prominent feature of American politics. We associate them with the temper of Third World societies. We think of places like Argentina and Egypt and Iran, of multitudes brought together by their zeal for a Peron or a Nasser or a Khomeini. In these kinds of societies, the crowd comes forth to affirm its faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right. As the...
  • Lebanon's 'Soldiers of Virtue'

    07/30/2008 11:38:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 187+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 23, 2008
    Lebanon's 'Soldiers of Virtue' By FOUAD AJAMI July 23, 2008 There have been a dozen prisoner exchanges between Hezbollah and Israel since the early 1990s, but Samir Kuntar was always a case apart. In 1979 Kuntar and his companions killed a policeman, kidnapped a young father, Danny Haran, and killed him in front of his 4-year-old daughter. Then Kuntar turned to the child and crushed her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle. In the mayhem, Danny Haran's wife, Smadar, hiding in her home, accidentally smothered to death the couple's 2-year-old daughter. Now Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah,...
  • Why We Went to Iraq

    06/03/2008 9:15:44 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 12 replies · 143+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/4/08 | FOUAD AJAMI
    Nor is there anything unprecedented, or particularly dishonest, about the way the rationale for the war shifted when the hunt for weapons of mass destruction had run aground. True, the goal of a democratic Iraq – and the broader agenda of the war as a spearhead of "reform" in Arab and Muslim lands – emerged a year or so after the onset of the war. But the aims of practically every war always shift with the course of combat, and with historical circumstances. Need we recall that the abolition of slavery had not been an "original" war aim, and that...
  • America's 'gift' to Iraq

    05/26/2008 7:07:37 AM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies · 79+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-05-26 | Fouad Ajami
    I believe in the Iraqi project. Ryan Crocker, U. S. ambassador in Baghdad, who knows the ways of the region, said something that I truly believe in. He said, "In the end, how we leave and what we leave behind will be much more important than how we came." The debate thus far has been about how we came. Bush lied, people died, there were no weapons of mass destruction. There's no connection between al-Qaeda, which is religious, and the regime of Saddam Hussein, which is secular. We spent five years and we are now in year six of this...
  • Iran Must Finally Pay a Price

    05/05/2008 3:35:42 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 45 replies · 66+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 5, 2008 | Fouad Ajami
    We tell the Iranians that the military option is "on the table." But three decades of playing cat-and-mouse with American power have emboldened Iran's rulers. We have played by their rules, and always came up second best. Next door, in Iraq, Iranians played arsonists and firemen at the same time. They could fly under the radar, secure in the belief that the U.S., so deeply engaged there and in Afghanistan, would be reluctant to embark on another military engagement in the lands of Islam. This is all part of a larger pattern. As Tehran has wreaked havoc on regional order...
  • FOUAD AJAMI: No Surrender

    03/19/2008 7:30:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 742+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 19, 2008 | FOUAD AJAMI
    "I am the same man and do not alter, it is you who change, since in fact you took my advice while unhurt, and waited for misfortune to repent of it . . . But you must not be seduced by citizens like these nor be angry with me -- who, if I voted for war, only did as you did yourselves." -- Pericles's funeral oration, "The Peloponnesian War" by Thucydides Wars have never been easy to defend. Even in "heroic" cultures, men and women applauded wars then grew weary of them. This Iraq war, too, was once a popular...
  • 'You Have Liberated a People' Iraqis of all sects report progress, not "civil war" (Must Read)

    09/16/2007 9:25:31 AM PDT · by mojito · 33 replies · 1,660+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 9/16/2007 | FOUAD AJAMI
    ...."Historically we are winning." The words were those of Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi. This is a scion of Baghdad Shiite aristocracy, at ease with French and English, a man whose odyssey had taken him from Marxism to the Baath, then finally to the Islamism of the Supreme Islamic Council. "We came from under the ashes, and now the new order, this new Iraq, is taking hold. If we were losing, why would the insurgents be joining us?" He had nothing but praise for the effort that had secured the peace of Baghdad: "Petraeus can defend the surge," he said....
  • The Iranian Time Bomb (Ledeen's new book)

    09/04/2007 8:05:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 1,478+ views
    The Iranian Time Bomb - The Mullah Zealots' Quest for Destruction By Michael A. Ledeen The first salvo was the attack on the American Embassy in Tehran in the fall of 1979, leading to the seizure of American hostages, a crisis that lasted 444 days. The war continued with the assassination of American diplomats and military personnel in Europe and North Africa. The latest fronts in that war are in Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq. Iran arms, funds, trains, and directs a variety of terror groups, numbering tens of thousands of terrorists, regardless of their religious or ethnic makeup. It...
  • Christanne Nonsense Network & silence on the most powerful lobby the ARAB LOBBY

    09/04/2007 8:48:27 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 10 replies · 558+ views
    AINA ^ | Sep. 2007
    Not only did she avoid mentioning the Saudi (Arab) lobby, which is by far the most powerful lobby in America, but she also chose to solicit the opinions of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (himself a lobbyist for Arab causes), as well as professor Mearsheimer, both known for their controversial anti-Israel positions. Stunningly, no expert contradictory opinion to these two was offered during the six-hour program. It would have been just as easy for Amanpour to pose the same questions to Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz or Professor Fouad Ajami.
  • Scenery-Chewing Shuster Assails Ajami for Defending Libby

    07/06/2007 6:25:49 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 865+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In all the time I've been monitoring the liberal media, rarely have I seen a host assail a guest with the ferocity David Shuster displayed in going after Fouad Ajami today. Shuster, guest-hosting for Chris Matthews on this afternoon's Hardball, was infuriated by a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Ajami had written that analogized Scooter Libby to a fallen comrade who, pursuant to the Soldier's Creed, should not be left behind. Set forth below are excerpts from Shuster's diatribe against Ajami, the Lebanese-born Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Johns Hopkins. But words alone don't do justice to...
  • Free at Last. The Foreigner’s Gift

    09/02/2006 4:45:00 AM PDT · by Valin · 14 replies · 489+ views
    Commentary magazine ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Foreigner’s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq by Fouad Ajami Free Press. 400 pp. $26.00 Reviewed by Victor Davis Hanson The last year or so has seen several insider histories of the American experience in Iraq. Written by generals (Bernard Trainor’s Cobra II, with Michael Wood), reporters (George Packer’s The Assassins’ Gate), or bureaucrats (Paul Bremer’s My Year in Iraq), each undertakes to explain how our enterprise in that country has, allegedly, gone astray; who is to blame for the failure; and why the author is right to have withdrawn, or at least to question,...
  • The Foreigner's Gift The Americans, the Arabs and the Iraqis

    08/16/2006 6:12:23 AM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 460+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 8/16/06 | Amir Taheri
    Somewhere in his book, Fouad Ajami describes the war in Iraq as "an orphan in the court of public opinion." The reason is that these days even some of those who had campaigned in favour of the war now sound apologetic or even critical. In January 2003 the war was enjoyed the support of 77 per cent of Americans and received enthusiastic endorsement in the US Congress and media. Today, that support is down to 29 per cent with both the Congress and the media tempted by a growingly critical posture. Ajami, however, has no doubt that the war was...
  • Windows on the communal conflicts in Iraq

    07/29/2006 7:15:26 AM PDT · by Valin · 265+ views
    Kurdish Aspect / The New York Times ^ | 7/28/06 | Noah Feldman
    The Foreigner's Gift. The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq. By Fouad Ajami. Born to a Shiite family in Lebanon, Ajami has written several important books about Middle Eastern political culture, including a classic on the Lebanese Shiites, "The Vanished Imam." He supported the removal of Saddam Hussein, and his extraordinary level of access in Washington is reflected in "The Foreigner's Gift," which recounts many conversations he had in Iraq while shadowing American officials or traveling with close American allies like Chalabi ------------------------ For Ajami, the foreigner's gift is, in the first instance, the removal of dictatorial rule...
  • Holding Islam Accountable (Book Review)

    07/23/2006 4:29:22 PM PDT · by Valin · 12 replies · 599+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 6/29/06 | EFRAIM KARSH
    At a time when more than half of the American public believes the Iraq war has not made the United States safer, and nearly two-thirds says it is not worth fighting anymore, one needs a good deal of intellectual courage to describe the war as "noble." But then, Fouad Ajami, a professor of Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University, has never shied away from speaking his mind, even if it meant digressing from the received wisdom. He did so for the first time some 25 years ago in "The Arab Predicament," a scathing indictment of pan-Arabism, and has been...
  • The Foreigner's Gift (Excerpt) (Semi-Vanity)

    07/22/2006 9:36:52 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 191+ views
    Fouad Ajami
    (Page 216) Perhaps this impasse between America and the Shia was inevitable all along. The Israeli experience with the Shis of Lebanon, in the aftermath of Israel's Lebanon war of 1982 was a forerunner of what awaited the Americans in Iraq. The analogy is not perfect in everyway, but that war in Lebanon was for the Shia of that country a war of deliverance. Israel had swept into Lebanon, it should be recalled in the summer of 1982, to put an end to the Palestinian sancuary. The people of southern Lebanon's towns and villages who had endured Palestinian anarchy and...
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 7/22 and 7/23/2006 (not the live thread)

    07/22/2006 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Phsstpok · 46 replies · 1,069+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 7/22/06 | Network and Cable News
    I'm once again breaking out the shows into their own separate posts and including the background/info links with the guests' listing in those posts.  I will not be posting an entry for ABC This Week because:ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) 'This Week' will not air on Sunday, July 23, due to ABC's coverage of the British Open; we will return with all the latest in politics on Sunday, July 30.ABC This Week comment web page John Bolton does a twofer this week, covering both FNS and CNN.  Coming just after news that Voinovich will now vote for confirmation followed by...
  • Hostage to Hezbollah: Lesson for Nasrallah: "The violence done to Lebanon shall overwhelm you."

    07/21/2006 5:27:58 AM PDT · by Valin · 19 replies · 932+ views
    Opinionjournal ^ | 7/21/06 | FOUAD AJAMI
    Pity Lebanon: In a world of states, it has not had a state of its own. A garden without fences, was the way Beirut, its capital city, was once described. A cleric by the name of Hassan Nasrallah, at the helm of the Hezbollah movement, handed Lebanon a calamity right as the summer tourist season had begun. Beirut had dug its way out of the rubble of a long war: Nasrallah plunged it into a new season of loss and ruin. He presented the country with a fait accompli: the "gift" of two Israeli soldiers kidnapped across an international frontier....
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 7/15 and 7/16/2006 (not the live thread)

    07/15/2006 10:08:40 AM PDT · by Phsstpok · 34 replies · 909+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 7-15-06 | Network and Cable News
    I'm trying yet another format change this week.  I have left the background links on the entry for each guest for each show, like last week, but I've broken the Sunday shows out into separate posts to try to make each one more easy to read and discuss.  The Saturday shows will still be posted as one message, then I'll do the ping.  Please me know if this works.And I've put my (expanded) witty commentary here instead of in the ping...The most interesting guest this week should be Secretary Rice, who is on Fox, CBS and ABC, but she probably...
  • Fouad Ajami Says US-Led Invasion of Iraq Was A Noble War

    07/08/2006 5:05:38 PM PDT · by Valin · 27 replies · 1,473+ views
    VOA ^ | 6/28/06 | Judith Latham
    Author Fouad Ajami Says US-Led Invasion of Iraq Was A Noble War By Judith Latham Fouad Ajami, director of the Middle East Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University, comes from a Shi’a family in Lebanon. Professor Ajami is the author of numerous books on the Middle East, the latest of which is The Foreigner’s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq - to be published in July. Unlike many Arab intellectuals, Professor Ajami is a strong advocate of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He says the war in Iraq was a “noble war” and a “gift”...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 5/6 - 5/7 (not the live thread)

    05/05/2006 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 29 replies · 954+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 5/5/06 | Network and Cable News
    The main message is the Sunday Shows.  Message 1 will be the Saturday Shows and message 2 will be the show guest links post.  Then I'll post the ping list.ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) Meme: The battle is joined!  Place your bets!  How badly will the GOP lose? Topics: Power Politics: Two Sunday exclusives as former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and DNC Chairman Howard Dean join me to discuss gas prices, the 2006 elections and the war in Iraq. Will record low approval ratings for President Bush and rising gas prices fuel a Democratic takeover of Congress in...
  • The Promise of Liberty

    02/07/2006 4:17:20 PM PST · by SonofLiberty1 · 3 replies · 223+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2006 | FOUAD AJAMI
    The Promise of Liberty The ballot is not infallible, but it has broken the Arab pact with tyranny. BY FOUAD AJAMI Tuesday, February 7, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST So, some now say, a people led for more than three decades by Yasser Arafat, a man who dodged all moral and political responsibility, have flunked a great democratic test. It wasn't a pretty choice that the Palestinians were presented with: the secular autocracy of plunder and pretense represented by Arafat's inheritors on the one side and the cruel utopia of the Hamas hard-liners on the other. This was where Palestinian history...
  • Blowback

    11/15/2005 11:29:08 PM PST · by mal · 12 replies · 549+ views
    It was inevitable that the terror attacks that struck Amman last week would be labeled by Jordanians as their own 9/11. Though straddling the deadly fault lines of the region, Jordan had --until now--been spared, and the Hashemite realm had remained a place which the storms of the region swirled around and somehow, mercifully, bypassed. By design or default, the wars and contests that played out west of the Jordan River between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and also eastward in Iraq, all broke at the edge of this desert kingdom. And the realm even did well by these furies:...
  • Within the Gates - Eurabia

    07/20/2005 4:58:04 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 34 replies · 1,391+ views
    US News ^ | 7/25/05 | Fouad Ajami
    'The whole Arab world was dangerous for me; I went to London," an Egyptian Islamist, Yasser Sirri, a man 41 years of age, with three convictions against him in his native land, recently said of his decision to move to England. An opponent of the autocracy of President Hosni Mubarak, Sirri had initially fled to Yemen, then to Sudan. He found refuge in London, where he runs an "Islamic observation center" and carries on with the "holy struggle" against "ungodly" Arab regimes and their supporters in the West. The Islamists are now within the gates. They fled the fires and...
  • Shelve This Deadline

    07/04/2005 2:34:23 PM PDT · by dervish · 320+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/1/05 | Charles Krauthammer
    If George Bush did not flirt with withdrawal during last year's presidential campaign, when it looked as if Iraq might cost him his political career, he certainly will not do so as a second-term president. Americans know that. But the world may not. Particularly as it keeps hearing congressional voices calling for withdrawal, timetables and exit strategies. Hence the president's nationally televised address to the nation Tuesday on Iraq. One purpose, of course, was to state, once again, the case for the war. But the most important line was the restatement of his position on withdrawal before victory: "This will...
  • Constitutions take Time

    07/01/2005 5:34:17 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 8 replies · 349+ views
    Townhall ^ | 7/1/05 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>WASHINGTON -- If George Bush did not flirt with withdrawal during last year's presidential campaign when it looked as if Iraq might cost him his political career, he certainly will not do so as a second-term president. Americans know that. But the world may not. Particularly as it keeps hearing congressional voices calling for withdrawal, timetables and exit strategies.</p>
  • The Autumn of the Autocrats [LEBANON]

    06/08/2005 3:58:23 PM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | June, 2005 | Fouad Ajami
    Summary: If the assassins of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri sought to make an example of him for his defiance of Syria, the aftermath of the crime has mocked them. For a generation, Lebanon was an appendage of Syrian power. But now the Lebanese people, in an "independence intifada," are clamoring for a return to normalcy. The old Arab edifice of power has survived many challenges in the past, but something is different this time: the United States is now willing to gamble on freedom. Fouad Ajami is Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the Paul H....
  • Bush Country - The Middle East embraces democracy--and the American President (great piece!)

    05/22/2005 3:15:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 608+ views
    "George W. Bush has unleashed a tsunami on this region," a shrewd Kuwaiti merchant who knows the way of his world said to me. The man had no patience with the standard refrain that Arab reform had to come from within, that a foreign power cannot alter the age-old ways of the Arabs. "Everything here--the borders of these states, the oil explorations that remade the life of this world, the political outcomes that favored the elites now in the saddle--came from the outside. This moment of possibility for the Arabs is no exception." A Jordanian of deep political experience at...
  • A Sudden, Powerful Stirring (You really should read this!)

    03/05/2005 9:09:14 PM PST · by quidnunc · 49 replies · 1,856+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | March 14, 2005 | Fouad Ajami
    In retrospect, it was an appearance by President George W. Bush before the National Endowment for Democracy, in November 2003, that signaled the birth of a new "diplomacy of freedom" in the Arab world. The American military effort in Iraq was in its early stages then; the euphoria of the military campaign had ended, and a war of attrition had begun. Saddam Hussein was still on the loose, and there was no trace of those vaunted weapons of mass destruction that had taken us to war. At that uncertain hour, Bush proposed nothing less than a break with the ways...