February 28, 2007

Seymour Hersh Botches Lebanon (and Egypt)

Lebanon is the most complicated country I have been to by far. Lebanese politics are as complex and bewildering as any you will find anywhere – and that’s doubly true when you add Syrian politics into the mix.

Writing in detail about that messy part of the world is genuinely hazardous. When writers go wrong…boy do they go wrong.

The latest writer to botch the job almost completely is Seymour Hersh. Lebanese blogger and scholar Tony Badran – who has forgotten more about Lebanon and Syria than Hersh and I put together will ever know – published this harsh and brutal takedown.

UPDATE: Abu Kais, also from Lebanon, says Hersh has abandoned reality for fiction.

UPDATE: Egyptian Sandmonkey says Hersh botched Egypt pretty badly, as well.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at February 28, 2007 5:29 PM
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