The Foreigner's Gift - Book review
The gift that keeps on spinning: Fouad Ajami predicted that American troops would be welcomed as liberators. You would never guess from his new book.
The Foreigner's Gift By Fouad Ajami Free Press, $26.00The promise and the predicament of Fouad Ajami's new book are eatly encapsulated in one of its opening scenes. It is the summer of 2005, and a friend of the author's, a minister in the transition government of Iraq, has invited Ajami along with him to an audience with the most influential man in the country: Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Most Americans couldn't pick Sistani out of a police line-up, much less describe his role. And yet, as Ajami rightly argues, it is Sistani more than any terrorist, military commander, or elected politician in the country--who ha...