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Sami Moubayed: Expert Analyst or Bush-Hater?

Following up on another reader tip, Sami Moubayed offers his “expert opinion” as an “independent journalist” on the Washington Post’s PostGlobal site. This, from Moubayed’s bio on the WaPo’s site:

Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst, journalist, and author. Moubayed is the author of Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000) and Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2005). He is also a co-founder of al-Sharq Center for Strategic Studies, the first independent think-tank in Syria. In 2004, he created Syrianhistory.com, the first and online museum of Syrian history. It contains over 2,000 photographs, documents, and rare audiovisual material on Syria during the years 1900-2000.

Taking a gander over to his personal site, however, reveals another side to Moubayed — this article, “Terrorists in Tel Aviv…and Washington?”:

An open letter to George W. Bush
Sami Moubayed
Mr Bush, you have ruined the Middle East. I am writing to you from Damascus, watching the images of 37 dead children in the ill-fated village of Qana in Lebanon.
No words can describe my anger at what the United States is tolerating in the Middle East.

Even more damning from this article, “There is only one Hasan Nasrallah”:

History however, is written by the victors. So long as America and Israel continue to write history then Nasrallah will be remembered in the West as a “terrorist” like Osama Bin Laden.
If the Arabs write their history – or the Americans write it freed of Israeli influence, then Nasrallah would get his due place in history as a selfless uncorrupted nationalist.

Hasan Nasrallah would get his due place in history as a selfless uncorrupted nationalist? Wouldn’t it be helpful for readers to know this when reading his entries on the Washington Post’s website?

Nathan GouldingNathan Goulding is the Chief Technology Officer of National Review. He often goes by “Chaka” in NRO’s popular blog The Corner. While having never attended a class in computer science, ...

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