Michael Totten is an interesting dude. He has a habit of immersing himself in cultures, and consequently getting beneath the facades that are all most folks see. He spoke with Paul Berman about his book Flight of the Intellectuals and it shows the power of dialogue. They plow through many of the problems and examine the history that has created the soup sandwich we call the Middle East. Seriously, if you care at all and want some wisdom, go and read.