In March 2003, I attended a protest for, I believe, the first time in my life. I was as apolitical as it gets in my teens, and although I leaned to the right through my 20s, I rarely thought in political terms. But 9/11/2001 changed that, and by the time Jean Chretien and his cynical lackeys joined Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schroeder on the cowardly side of history, I was damned pissed. So, I trecked downtown in the middle of a workday in an ice storm, and joined in with hundreds of fellow Torontonians at Nathan Phillips Square to protest Canada’s failure to support the US and Britain in the coalition to topple Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
Despite the non-stop media and intellectual assault on the American-led mission, I have never been convinced it was the wrong thing to do. A resounding victory was followed by a problem-filled occupation, but the fact is: it was the right thing to do, and, in the end, it will hopefully prove to be a spectacular turning point in the history of a diseased region.
If you are open-minded enough to accept this premise, give this 38-minute interview a listen. It’s talk radio’s wisest voice, Dennis Prager, interviewing one of the world’s most respected Middle Eastern and Islamic scholars, Fouad Ajami, Director of the Middle East Studies Program at the prestigious Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. With reason, logic, historical context, psychology, and sharp analysis, these two men destroy conventional wisdom and paint a promising picture of a Middle East cured of, as Lebanon native Ajami so aptly puts it, “an addiction to failure”.
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