That was then

I came across this while clearing up old bookmarks: Thomas Friedman talking about the Arab Human Development Report, and concluding:
What should America's response to all this be? We should stop talking about "terrorism" and W.M.D. and make clear that we're in Iraq for one reason: to help Iraqis implement the Arab Human Development Reports, so the war of ideas can be fought from within. Then we should get out of the way. Just one good model, one good Arab model that works, and you will see more than just municipal elections in Saudi Arabia.  
Crazy times. Let me know when/if he ever apologizes, or expresses regret for what he wrote.

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.