“When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.” Osama bin Laden
What if 911 really was not about us at all? What if 911 represented a spill over of a centuries old conflict on our soil? In The Strong Horse, Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations, Lee Smith proposes just that. Lee contends that the Arabs are a tribal culture that respect strength even when it is projected with great violence. He also contends that much of our efforts in the Middle East are misquided and that we need to gain an appreciation for the true dynamic in the that region in order to prevail against those who would do us harm.
C-SPAN - The Strong Horse by Lee Smith
Below is a much shorter lecture on the same topic:
Below is an interview with Lee Smith by Middle Eastern Journalist, Michael Totten:
Michael Totten - Interview with Lee Smith
Here is a speech by Mark Stein on a similar vein: