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Fouad Ajami gives the Arab world a wake-up call

Posted by sanityinjection on August 6, 2009

Sometimes, an op-ed column stands out not because it presents some profound new insights, but because it represents an oasis of truth amid a field of BS, and simply by doing so seems like a breath of fresh air.

So it is with Fouad Ajami’s WSJ piece on the status of the Arab world today. Ajami’s excuse for writing is last month’s UN Arab Human Development Report – which should really be called the Arab Human Non-Development report given the lack of progress in just about every area. Ajami boldly suggests that Arab regimes, and not America or Israel, are to blame for their own problems. He argues that the Bush Administration’s policy initiatives in Iraq and Lebanon (of which he is a well-known supporter) shook up Arab complacency, but that the new Administration seems content to let them shuffle back into complacency by blowing smoke up their casbahs.

Anyone interested in Middle Eastern politics should take a moment to read Ajami’s essay.

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4 Responses to “Fouad Ajami gives the Arab world a wake-up call”

  1. […] really be called the Arab Human Non-Development report given the … See the rest here: Fouad Ajami gives the Arab world a wake-up call « Sanity Injection Share and […]

  2. Jason said

    Sanity, it was an awesome essay. In fact, I printed it off. I through together a little something about it yesterday myself. Glad you caught it, too.

  3. Jason said

    through= threw

  4. I’ve always loved Ajami, excellent commentator on the intractable problems of the middle east. I write similar essays on wjholland.wordpress.com check me out. Sincerely William Holland

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