Saturday, July 15, 2006

Understanding Israel and Lebanon

Although it may cause my fellow conservatives to raise an eyebrow, for years I have recommended that anyone wanting to get an on the ground understanding of relationships between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East should read Thomas Friedman's From Beirut to Jerusalem.

Please don't misunderstand: I think Friedman's proposed solutions were completely wrong. However, his descriptions of events and relationships are informative and compelling. Even though the book is now well into its second decade, it remains relevant.


Blogger John H said...

I don't think you or anyone can point to an American journalist that understands any issue in the Middle East better than Friedman.

He continues to support the Iraqi war, even though he is quite critical of the execution of the war and the rather pathetic post-war planning of the administration.

I don't see why any conservative would raise an eyebrow unless they just grimace at the thought of a NY Times writer. Those people need to read David Brooks and Tierney...lotsa conservative thought sneaking into the Gray Lady...

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