Michael Totten, we thought you’d be pleased to know that the Act for Israel media fellows were squabbling for possession of your book, The Road to Fatima Gate, on our drive up to the Lebanese border. I’d meant to pack my copy, but I forgot. Seth didn’t forget, however, so we had a copy among us, but only one. I won’t say that we came to blows over it–Seth was pretty gracious, if reluctant, about letting me borrow it–but he was firm about wanting it back quickly.
Michael, it’s outstanding. I recommend to everyone on Ricochet. I still haven’t finished it, but it grabbed me so quickly that I ended up lost in it and tuning out the very landscape you describe (until I realized that made no sense at all and put it away).
We’d like to thank Encounter Books–which sponsors our podcasts–for publishing The Road to Fatima Gate, and we’d also like to thank them for sponsoring our podcasts. We’d like to thank Michael for writing the definitive book about the Beirut Spring, the rise of Hezbollah, and Iranian war against Israel.
As I’m sure Michael will agree, no video or photo or written description fully conveys the sadness of standing at that border, looking at fortified Hezbollah positions, and knowing that nestled beneath those sunlit, irenic hills are people who think the world would be vastly improved if a lot of Israelis were dead. What’s more, they have weapons sufficient to make that happen at any moment they choose.
It’s still an extraordinarily beautiful place.
(Note: I misspoke on the video. It’s Ricochet who would like to thank Encounter Books, although I’m sure Act for Israel would also thank them if given a chance.)