This interview highlights the disconnect between the perspectives and aspirations of
ordinary people in the Arab World with the conventional wisdom about this in American society
and government leadership. This reminds me of my own experience trying to get government
bureaucrats in Washington, London, Paris and Brussels to understand the emerging disaster in
Rwanda before the genocide, and the wrong policy direction for Afghanistand and Pakistan after
the Soviet army had withdrawn from Afghanistan.
A new era of international collaboration is, however, possible as modern technology makes
good information ubiquitous.