For one thing, Ajami is right about how our Middle East allies help generate external conflict to stave off internal reform:
We should not be apologetic, in Arab lands seething with bigotry and rage, about our expedition into Iraq. We shouldn't fall for Arab rulers who tell us that they would have had the ability to call off the furies had we had in place a "process" for resolving the claims of the Palestinians, and had we been able to "deliver" Israel. Those furies have a life of their own: In truth, they are aided and abetted by these same rulers in the hope of tranquilizing their own domains and buying off the embittered in their midst.
So I listen to Ajami when he says success in Iraq rests significantly on one act—sharing oil revenue with the Sunnis—that may soon take place:
Against all dire expectations, the all-important question of the distribution of oil wealth appears close to a resolution.