A Short History Lesson
Born to Jewish parents, British-American historian specialising in Oriental Studies, Mr Bernard Lewis (now 98 years old), served in the British Army and WWII Intelligence Corps before taking up a role in the Foreign Office. Considered by many as the most influential (Western) post-war historian of Islam and the Middle East, and whose name has been attached to the then British plan to undermine the USSR (through Balkanisation of the Middle East) — and said to have later been adopted by America’s own Zbigniew Brzezinski — here (sometime in the post-immediate 9/11 wake) Mr Lewis takes questions from American journalist, founder and now retired CEO of C-Span, himself once a member of White House Telecommunications policy staff and U.S. Navy officer, Brian Patrick Lamb.
Sure of his footing, Mr Lewis demonstrates a great wit tempered with more-or-less proportionate humility to befuddle Mr Lamb (who, to be fair, had been overwhelmed with information and a head full of questions to ask) whose characteristic hard-hitting, short-and-sharp style is subject to great, and often unrecognised, irony (but to his credit doesn’t give in). All the while and floating nicely above (and perhaps also within) the UK v USA undercurrent between these two is a lesson for all.
[Video footage of the interview seems to have been taken down from YouTube. In its absence, we post another interview with Mr Lewis discussing Muslims and Islam.]