Talking with skp last night, I realized that I don't know enough about the Middle East or its culture to make informed opinions. I'm trying to remedy that. After a long search through books about the region, I ordered three with different views:
I have no idea if the books are any good. Also, Jason
pointed to a Journalist's Guide to Arab Americans
that has some good basic information.
Craig sent a link to Thomas L. Friedman's latest column. Titled, no less, World War III.