DETROIT, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A few months ago On Meet the Press, presidential candidate Donald Trump told host Chuck Todd the Middle East would be better off today if Iraq's dictator, the late Saddam Hussein, and Libya's dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, were still in power. Iraqi-born writer and journalist Weam Namou, who has lived in the U.S. since she was 10, agrees with Trump's assessment but says he did not fully explain the reasons why the region would have been better off.
Namou, who was born in Baghdad and has a new book coming out Feb. 6, says, "We did not have a single suicide bomber until 2003. Saddam knew where the extremists were coming from and Gaddafi knew where they were coming from. We (Americans) should be able to detect when people come from certain regions where terrorists are being created. We deny this because they are coming from our allies. We wasted over 20 years on wars with the wrong country."
A member of Iraq's Christian minority, Namou points out it is U.S. allies Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia that are financing, outfitting and sheltering ISIS and will continue to do so until the U.S. confronts them about it.
Her new book, Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World (Hermiz Publishing), is first in a series of four memoirs. It addresses the stress and fears we've created in the twenty-first century, some of which have to do with ISIS bringing violence to our doorsteps and brainwashing Westerners into joining their cause.
Namou can also discuss:
- How America appears to its enemies.
- Ways images from the Iraq war are used to recruit Westerners.
- An Iraqi-American's view of life in Iraq today and the Islamic State.
- The crucial role Iraq played in the birth of civilization.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Namou has written eight books including Witnessing a Genocide (2015). Her essays and articles have appeared in national and international publications. As cofounder and president of IAA (Iraqi Artists Association), she has lectured at numerous cultural and educational institutions. A graduate of Wayne State University, Namou has been a guest on more than a dozen radio talk shows.
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SOURCE Weam Namou