In philosophical discourse on the essence of human destructiveness, arguments ultimately boil down to the following question: Do socioeconomic circumstances drive man towards violence, or is it human nature that makes war inevitable?
This timely and wise book arrives just as many observers are beginning to conclude that the so-called Arab Spring has turned out to be a great failure. The evidence is found in Syria, in Egypt, in Libya, in Bahrain and elsewhere.
Some within and outside of the Obama administration who were flummoxed by the Syria crisis and repeatedly used phrases like, “too complicated” and “no easy answers,” seem to now be on board with the call for a “robust response” to Putin’s moves in Crimea and the Ukrainian mainland.
I’m honored to share a very brief moment with you tonight. I crossed the Atlantic to be here for two reasons.