Iâ€™ve had a subscription to Newsweek for the last two or three years. While I donâ€™t agree with a lot of the articles, it gives me the news without having to watch TV (which I don’t do) or click through CNN (Iâ€™m terribly lazy).
I enjoy some of their regular columnists and donâ€™t bother to read the rest. One columnist that I have always enjoyed reading is Fareed Zakaria. He is obviously well-educated, well-traveled and seems to be a very sensible man, which is so appealing to me.
His August 1 column is the best thing Iâ€™ve seen in Newsweek yet. Read the column. Itâ€™s the most logical discussion of the issues surrounding Islamic terrorism that Iâ€™ve seen. I’ve had these thoughts before, but since they were in my own little vacuum they had no merit. I read this column and was floored. Here is the brilliantly simple truth, stated in such a way that everyone can understand it (and much better than my musings). I love the absolute sense he makes. If this man were running for office, I might even be compelled to vote.
I like honesty, truth and simplicity. I fall short of these ideals all the time but I know them when I see them. Fareed combines all these qualities, and more, in his column. I feel it describes the truth of the situation from the eyes of a normal civilian, not a politician or anyone else with a vested interest in the matter.
So now Iâ€™ve got a new celebrity crush. I guess it replaces the guttering flames of my Trent Reznor obsession.
PS: For the record, I also have a standing subscription to The Week too. Sort of balances everything out.