Monday, April 02, 2007

Portrait of an Orientalist


British-born arch-Orientalist Bernard Lewis, whose superficial generalizations of the Middle East and Muslims belie his linguistic skills. Lewis was the intellectual backer of the Neoconservative plan to "democratize" Iraq and has been proven tragically mistaken in his severely flawed analysis. The darling scholar of the administration of current U.S. President George W. Bush, Lewis has a rabid if incredibly small cadre of supporters including Daniel Pipes and the transplanted Israeli ideologue Martin Kramer as well as Reul Gerecht of the American Enterprise Institute.
However, he should be happy having recently received the Irving Kristol lifetime achievement award from the hard-right American Enterprise Institute.

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