Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami dies at 68

Fouad Ajami, a Middle East scholar who rallied support for the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and advised policy makers in the Bush administration, has died. He was 68. (Photo courtesy: http://elmed.io)

Fouad Ajami, a Middle East scholar who rallied support for the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and advised policy makers in the Bush administration, has died of cancer. He was 68.

In the period leading to the invasion of Iraq, The New York Times reported that Ajami advised national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz, then the deputy secretary of defense. In a 2002 speech, Vice President Dick Cheney invoked Ajami as predicting that after liberation, Iraqis would greet the American military with joy.

Ajami’s writings include some 400 essays on Arab and Islamic politics and U.S. foreign policy.

He is survived by his wife.

Twitter users were also quick to comment on the news of Ajami’s passing

“One of America's leading scholars on [the Middle East] has passed. Fouad Ajami, we will miss you and your prescience [sic],” wrote one of the site’s users.

CNN TV anchor Anderson Cooper tweeted: “He was a great intellect and was full of grace and compassion. It's been an honor to know him”.

(With the Associated Press)

 

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