Of Lions, Chained: An Arab Looks at America

Of Lions, Chained: An Arab Looks at America

Of Lions, Chained: An Arab Looks at America

Of Lions, Chained: An Arab Looks at America

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The future course of human history may well depend upon the development of events in the Middle East. The cradle of human civilization is once more experiencing a renaissance which undoubtedly will affect the future of man. Yet the American people are unfamiliar with the region and unaware of the attitude of the people of the area toward America.

This book is not a narrative of history but a presentation of some basic facts and major issues concerning America, and Arab-American relations. During the last several years there has been a great deal of talk regarding the need for a reappraisal of American foreign policy. And despite all the demands for reappraisal the replies and remedies have been no more than the rehashing of the old worn-out suggestions, programs, and policies. And the reason for this is possibly due to the fact that a thorough and genuine reappraisal is a painful process and hence it requires usually an observer from the outside who might be able to look at the problem from a different perspective.

I am writing this book not in my official capacity. The prosaic language of a diplomat is usually full of platitude and double talk. I am writing this book as an observer of the American scene for more than a decade and a student of Middle Eastern affairs for even a longer period. Furthermore, I am writing as a friend of America: My experience in this country has been a . . .

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