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Arab Leaders Fear Support of U.S. Invasion of Iraq will Bring Backlash from Own People

Tariq Ali, author of The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (Verso 2002), reflects on the situations throughout the Middle East.

Edward Said
 
Edward Said

English and Comparative Literature Professor Edward Said introduces Tariq Ali.

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Tariq Ali
 
Tariq Ali

Arab leaders, including those in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, do not support an American invasion of Iraq because they fear a backlash from their own populations, according to Tariq Ali, author of The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (Verso 2002). "Crowned heads might topple if there is an invasion," he says.

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Shot: Apr 11, 2002
Published: Apr 30, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002