Lewis Profile

The Scotsman has a long, whitewashed profile of Bernard Lewis, the man whose scholarship is relied upon by the Bush Admnistration.

Lewis speaks in richly fruity tones that, to American ears, signify an old-style English charm and elegance: to British ears, his voice is a reminder of a distant imperial age. “There is,” he says, “a certain melancholy pleasure in having been right when so many were wrong.”

What he considers to be “right,” he doesn’t say. Later on, the neo-cons’ favorite author says:

“I’m cautiously optimistic about what’s happening in Iraq,” he says, although warning that democracy will take time to be built and must be allowed to develop in a specifically Iraqi rather than American fashion.

I suppose that speaks for itself.

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