With that in mind, and as a way to address that nagging question of my own authority, I'd like to return to those voices as I speak to you today, to those perspectives that I do think hold up over time, that are often as meaningful now as they were when I heard them a year, two years, even five years ago. There were books by communist poets and martyred clerics, translations of Shakespeare, predictions by Lebanese astrologers, a 44-volume tome by a revered ayatollah, and a tract by the austere medieval thinker Ibn Taimiyyah. The black came from the ink of countless books from libraries and universities, the very stuff that made Baghdad one the greatest cities the world has yet seen.
The Long War Loss and Nostalgia in the Middle East Anthony Shadid Middle East Correspondent, Washington Post This is a version of a talk delivered by Anthony Shadid, the Middle East cor- respondent for the Washington Post, at the S
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