For more than three decades, Robert Fisk has traveled throughout the Middle East as a correspondent, covering 11 major wars in the region, and winning the British International Journalist of the Year award an impressive seven times. As a long-time resident of Beirut, Fisk is fluent in Arabic and has most recently covered the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Israel's conflicts with Lebanon and the Palestinians. He is also the author of the new book, The Age of the Warrior.
Robert Fisk has said that the primary role of journalists is to challenge authority – especially those who would take us to war. This address, recorded in Berkeley, California in November 2008, certainly raises a challenge to that authority, as Fisk explains how the West's attitudes toward the Arab world have culminated in the current foreign policy fiascoes we face in the region.