The Saudis and the Kurds
: Last but not least, two excellent pieces on A.) Stephen Schwartz and the Wahhabi Saudis
and B.) the plight of the Kurds
. ... The former is really about the intellectual odyssey of Schwartz, the activist, pundit and author of ''The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror.” What a character. Schwartz tends to prove the theory that it’s really one’s personality that shapes an intellectual outlook, for good or bad. ... The latter is a long piece (that I haven’t finished) about the sad, tragic history of the Kurds, by Peter W. Galbraith, a former U.S. ambassador to Croatia and now a professor at the National War College. We’ve let the Kurds down so many times. And there’s no compelling reason to think we won’t do it again.