Wikipedia has an entry about Professor Ammiel Alcalay.
How cool is that?
It says that he is ‘…an American, scholar, critic, translator, and prose stylist. Born and raised in Boston, he is a first-generation American, son of Sephardic Jews from São Tomé and Príncipe. His work often examines how poetry and politics affect the way we see ourselves and the way Americans think about the Middle East.’
He is also the author of one of the most amazing books I have read in the last decade – Memories of Our Future. Details »
They were brilliant analytical minds.
But they were also incredibly illiterate, indifferent, frequently stupid and for the most part comfortable in their ignorance.
At one of the top American management consulting firms, I kept running to such Jekyll&Hyde-ian characters.
But the firm was not unusual – this seems to the the normal modern human mental condition and there appears to be no contradiction between the two states.
Jekyll and Hyde are indeed one! Details »
Perhaps the most illuminating moments in Eroll Morris’s documentary The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is when Mr. McNamara begins to offer his explanation for why the war in Vietnam went so terribly wrong.
Aside for the detailed discussions about the escalation of the conflict due to domestic political issues, he makes the following statement which I believe best captures why nations, any nation, can find itself mired in a conflict and unable to resolve it. Details »
It begins with the Haitians.
HIV/AIDS infected Haitians in fact.
It begins with George Bush, the senior.
It begins in 1991. Details »