Thursday, September 28, 2006

"A keen eye for weakness" 

Fouad Ajami:

This is a region with a keen eye for the weakness of strangers. The heated debate about the origins of our drive into Iraq would surely pale by comparison to the debate that would erupt--here and elsewhere--were we to give in to despair and cast the Iraqis adrift.

For those of you who are unaware of my advice to read Ajami's book on Iraq, The Foreigner's Gift, or bizarrely unwilling to follow it, today's essay is a good introduction to its main themes.


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