"Under the present situation, I cannot think of defending the United States," says Ahmed Kamal Aboulmagd. "I would not be listened to… To most people in this area, the United States is the source of evil on planet earth. And whether we like it or not, it is the Bush administration that is to blame."
Not so, says Pipes: "Just as the intense emotions of October 2001 are now forgotten, so will those of this moment probably be fleeting. A U.S. victory in Iraq, this means, will protect more than it harms."