Friday, July 28, 2006

The Guardian's Brian Whitaker knows the Middle East: "Arab leaders - especially the rulers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan - have sustained further damage to their local credibility by not opposing the war more strongly. Though all three seem to be changing their tune slightly in the light of popular anger, many have accused them of adopting a soft line in the hope that Washington will reward them by not pressing hard for democracy and reform." But I have not read his new book yet.