: Michael J. Totten, in Beirut, sends us to a Lebanese freedom blog from the tent city.
There’s also a compelling interview you can view with a Lebanese student. And by the way, Jeff, if you visit http://www.michaeltotten.com for today, you’ll find this analysis of Prof Cole:
“In his TNR (registration required) piece Juan Cole’s Bad Blog Efraim Karsh describes the prejudices that influence Cole’s Informed Comment:
Cole suffers from many other common Arabist misconceptions that deeply prejudice and compromise his writing. Having done hardly any independent research on the twentieth-century Middle East, Cole’s analysis of this era is essentially derivative, echoing the conventional wisdom among Arabists and Orientalists regarding Islamic and Arab history.. Worse, Cole’s discussion of U.S. foreign policy frequently veers toward conspiratorial anti-Semitism. This is hardly the “informed” commentary Cole claims it to be.”
Also in this day’s WaPo, Jackson Diehl kind of configures a lot of what I’m reading from Mr. Totten:
‘The Bush administration has been pushing hard for those elections, but as the situation grows cloudier so do U.S. interests. An “opposition” victory, after all, would empower not champions of human rights but many of the same warlords who fought the civil war. The Hezbollah movement, too, will gain strength — and a new government is unlikely to press it to disarm its Islamic militia or withdraw the scores of missiles it has aimed at Israel.
That’s not the outcome that many of the young people who joined the movement in Martyrs’ Square imagined. “We wanted to sweep the old order away entirely,” one thirtyish intellectual told me. “Now it looks as if in the end, much of it will still be there.”‘
Haven’t we been learning in Iraq that there is such an entwined familial and tribal structure in the middle east, that taking down the existing functional government leaves us without a substitute structure to replace it.
Yesterday, on michaeltotten.com, Jeremy Brown remarks:
“It’s outrageous that American news companies are not treating this as a major story, or are reporting it as a minor blip within a fatalistic perception of the hope for democracy in the Middle East.”
It is discouraging, we’re all doing the pope walk and ignoring everything else.
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