World War III

Tom Friedman is a knowledgeable and intelligent Middle Eastern scholar, but his left-of-center-but-still-responsible perspective has been left in the dust since Sept. 11. For the last two years he has been trying to get back in the game by adapting his establishmentarian, moderately pro-Arab position to new realities. Now he has written a five-part series on the “War of Ideas;” part one appeared yesterday.
What is striking is Friedman’s acknowledgement that we are in a war for our survival:
“What you are witnessing is why Sept. 11 amounts to World War III


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