May 04, 2005

Interview

More blog posts really are coming. In the meantime, I'm interviewed in Willamette Week, one of my local newspapers, here.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at May 4, 2005 10:31 AM
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Lebanese democracy is completely homegrown. On the one hand, that makes it more "genuine." On the other hand, it makes it more potentially stable. It also effectively disproves the racist canard that Arabs can't handle democracy.

Lots of things that needed to be said. Great interview!

Posted by: mary at May 4, 2005 11:02 AM

Congrats on making the Willy Week! Great job.

Posted by: Asher Abrams - Dreams Into Lightning at May 4, 2005 12:02 PM

Hi Michael,

Great interview. I'm just surprised the Willamette Week published anything remotely friendly to something that could remotely be positively attributable to President Bush's push for democracy in the middle east. I'm glad they can be even handed in the treatment of your story.

Faithful reader from down here in Wilsonville.

Dan

Posted by: Dan Sherman at May 4, 2005 01:12 PM

“I'm just surprised the Willamette Week published anything remotely friendly to something that could remotely be positively attributable to President Bush's push for democracy in the middle east.”

How about the Guardian? Little Green Footballs linked to an eye opening article in that liberal British daily:

“Such scepticism, however, should not prevent us from stepping back to reassess the progress of the Bush project, and satisfy ourselves that mere prejudice is not blinding us to the possibility that western liberals are wrong; that the Republicans’ grand strategy is getting somewhere.”

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15727_Guardian_Bites_the_Bullet_Pigs_Take_Wing&only=yes

Posted by: David Thomson at May 4, 2005 01:24 PM

“Partly this is because the Lebanese realized that if Hariri wasn't safe, absolutely no one was safe.”

Yup, that sounds likely. This very violent murder inadvertently sent a unmistakable message to the sane and sensible Lebanese that a drastic paradigm shift was required. The status quo could longer be sustained.

Posted by: David Thomson at May 4, 2005 01:31 PM

Great work in ME, Michael. (Thanks!)
Fine interview, but missing any credit for Bush & Iraq.

Two kinds of gov't: by democracy with human rights, or by death squads. I don't doubt that most Lebanese look forward to living without fear of death squad gov't.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at May 4, 2005 05:13 PM

Tom, my purpose in talking to the paper about Lebanon was not to score points for the Bush Administration. That would probably have been counterproductive, actually.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at May 4, 2005 05:47 PM

This is probably the most off topic question in a while, but I'm really curious.

Tom, are you a native English speaker? Your diction is so...clipped. Not a criticism, just something I (think I) noticed, and about which I'm curious.

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