Monday, January 15, 2007

Michael Oren Talk Tonight at B&N, NY

Excuse the late notice.

ME scholar, Michael Oren is speaking tonight at B&N, 7:30, Broadway and 82nd St., NYC, on his new book, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present.

I meant to post this last week, but it slipped my mind. I was reminded today, when reading his interesting editorial in the LATimes:
THE STALLED U.S. mission in Iraq has prompted calls for a return to "realism" in American foreign policy. Instead of striving for freedom and national cohesion in the Middle East, realists argue that the U.S. should negotiate with Syria and Iran and abandon the dream of remaking the region on a democratic, federated model. Realists claim that replacing a faith-based policy with an agenda based solely on economic and strategic interests will return the United States to its traditional posture in the Middle East.

In fact, long before the rise of radical Islam and even the discovery of oil, Americans worked to bring liberty and human rights to the Middle East. For well over 200 years, U.S. citizens have sought to endow Middle Eastern peoples with the same inalienable liberties Americans enjoy at home.

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