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Dining with Al-Qaeda

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hugh Pope, an acclaimed former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, has lived and worked in two dozen countries throughout the Middle East. In Dining with Al-Qaeda, he presents a modern-day exploration of the politics, religion, and aspirations of Muslim peoples to show how the Middle East is much more than a monolithic "Islamic World."

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Comments [5]

Abu Hassan from Jersey City

whether Mr. Bronner's son is in the IDF or the Jordanian army is of no consequence to me.
The key is his professionalism as a journalist and his ability to report the news. So far, I think he's done a great job!

Apr. 19 2010 01:10 PM
Hugh Pope from Istanbul

In response to Callie's question about 'Hurt Locker' - I think such films are apolitical in the sense that they create a broad national attitude that can't be attributed to any particular party. What's worrying is that people forget that a film is necessarily fictionalised, a good story. There are lots of articles by Iraq veterans pointing out that Hurt Locker doesn't reflect the real life of soldiers experience in the field. Real war is chaotic for them. The trouble is when viewers of the film believe it is real, that war has this positive side, and in this case I think that's creates political support for war. One of the reasons I wrote Dining with al-Qaeda is to show there are many other sides to it too.

Apr. 07 2010 11:52 PM
Tom from Toronto

Hrmm, I read Ethan Bronner all the time in the NYT and I didn't realize he had a son in the IDF. My god.

Mar. 30 2010 01:58 PM
Waldo from Chelsea

Mr. Pesca: It's not a good idea to talk about a book which you haven't read or don't understand.

Re: War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning -
from the Amazon website:

"This moving book examines the continuing appeal of war to the human psyche. Veteran New York Times correspondent Hedges argues that, to many people, war provides a purpose for living; it seems to allow the individual to rise above regular life and perhaps participate in a noble cause. Having identified this myth, Hedges then explodes it by showing the brutality of modern war, using examples taken from his own experiences as a war correspondent in Latin America, the Middle East, and the Balkans. These examples highlight the devastating effects of war on life, community, and culture and its corruption of business and government. Hedges is not a pacifist, acknowledging that people need to battle evil, but he thoughtfully cautions us against accepting the accompanying myths of war. This should be required reading in this post-9/11 world as we debate the possibility of war with Iraq. For all libraries."
Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Lib., Parkersburg
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Mar. 30 2010 01:46 PM
Callie from Downtown

Does Mr. Pope have any comment on the "apolitics" that gets praised (most recently in the NY Times) when it comes to things like the Hurt Locker?

It seems more of a bow out. I thought war reporting was anything but impartial (or apolitical) during 2001 and 2008, particulary where the War (of) Terror was concerned.

Mar. 30 2010 01:39 PM

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