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An American in the Paris of the Middle East « Back to Story

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We know, at least, which side Obama's Democratic party is on.
Fisk has become a verb, even a gerund. Looks like "nelson" deserves the same.
Come to think of it, Urban Dictionary may list it already.
I regularly visited Belfast during the "troubles" . It was not bleak and scary. Detroit is.
Beirut was.
I have read Tottens blog and even donated money to it.

The cowardice of the Times -- even as it presents an endless stream of anti-Israel editorials -- is one more reason to hope for its imminent demise.
What an interesting article. And what a brave man Totten is.

Contrast his courage with the facile supinity of the mainstream media journalists and their inability to recognize evil even when it stares them in the face. My God, "unless the spirit breathe upon the clay, there is no human being."
Thank you for this review. I just watched an interview with Mr. Totten at

The book should be a 'must read' for Congress and the State Department.
The comments here reflect what many would like to see, a denigration of truth, and more radicalization by Hezbollah.

I have known Totten for the better part of 6 years and have never known him to tell a lie or to distort a fact. Can't say the same for the other commentors here.
telltherealstory May 07, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Very one sided.....And all these so called "facts" of yours seem very suspect, especially when you compare them to the recent WikiLeaks Documentation that has come out about the true "facts" about Israel and Lebanon. You can basically shove this book and this terrible article up your ass!
One of the most biased pieces I've read in a while, heavily saturated in standard propaganda and distortions. Democracy would be great for Lebanon, but with the Shia as the largest segment of the population the author wouldn't be too happy with the democratic results. If you want an objective look at Lebanon I suggest you read Robert Fisk or David Hirst, don't waste your time with this garbage.
tma_sierrahills May 07, 2011 at 4:47 PM
Unnecessary borders.

"For the author, the ugly, rusting gate serves as a metaphor for something more ominous than a mere military checkpoint between two nations periodically at war. The gate also serves as a fault line demarcating two antithetical social orders, an idea reminiscent of the 'clash of civilizations' theory postulated in the early 1990s by scholars Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington."

As Western Europe, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are demonstrating, it is not necessary to have protected borders against incoming incompatible cultures as long as the home population is eager to be demographically exterminated.
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Border Enforcement + Immigration Moratorium = Job, Crime and Eco Sanity.
Seriously? Did you just say that Syria with the help of hezbollah assassinated Hariri. The court has not yet sentenced anybody.How can you report this as if it as a face? your whole review is out of line, biased and inaccurate.