Saturday, January 9, 2010

Two excellent essays in The Nation

The 25 January 2010 issue of The Nation features two superb essays from two especially enlightened sources: Fawaz Gerges (on "The Transformation of Hamas") and Henry Siegman (on "Imposing Middle East Peace").

Gerges is professor of Middle Eastern politics and international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London, and a well-published and highly respected expert on jihadist and Islamist groups who has spent time with such groups in the field, "on the ground." His essays (most recently, one on al-Qaeda in Yemen) regularly appear via CNN as well - much to CNN's credit.

Siegman is "director of the U.S./Middle East Project in New York and a visiting research professor at the Sir Joseph Hotung Middle East Program, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a former national director of the American Jewish Congress and of the Synagogue Council of America."  With credentials as a defender of the interests of the Jewish community in the US that are truly impeccable, for years he has looked the Israeli occupation of the West Bank squarely in the face and called it out for what it is (for example, in this London Review of Books essay published a year ago).

Would that Obama (and presidents before him) would have taken their prescriptions to heart.

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