Can be found here, at the Financial Times:


by Rami G. Khouri, for the New York Times:

BEIRUT — This week will see the close of one of the most dramatic decades in recent history, and much of the action — mostly for worse — has taken place in the Middle East.

A journalist colleague from Europe asked me the other day whether I agreed that nothing much had changed in the Middle East since 2001 — because the region continues to be dominated by autocratic and dictatorial leaders and the rippling tensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict persist.

I disagreed, suggesting that the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and their aftermath had brought about significant changes in the region, mostly negative ones.

The most important single policy change has been the normalization of foreign military powers entering the region and attacking at will under the guise of responding to the 9/11 terror attack against the United States.