On "Piers Morgan Tonight" Friday, guest host Wolf Blitzer sat down with prestigious author Robin Wright and former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg to discuss the building protests and rising anti-American sentiment in the Middle East.
Wright spoke fondly of the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, saying Stevens was able to diffuse even the tensest of situations:
“Once when he was based in Jerusalem ... he was in the middle of the second intifada and a time of real tensions,” Wright explained, citing bombings by Palestinians in Israeli bus stations and Israeli raids on villages as indicators of the stress in the region. “He and a colleague went out in the middle of a rare snowstorm in Jerusalem and started lobbing snowballs at each other. And the Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the divide got involved and it was a moment that broke what was one of the tensest times in relations.”
Blitzer continued the conversation on the protests in the Mideast, asking Former Ambassador Marc Ginsberg if it was time to get the roughly 750 Americans soldiers out of Sinai. Ginsberg, the President of Layalina Arab TV, noted that the real problem stemmed from the power of these radicals.
“Look at the Islamic extremists in Egypt who have the megaphone now ... and can cause the mobilization of people to rise up and march on embassies. Just think what would happen if they decided to march into the Sinai against Israel,” Ambassador Ginsberg stipulated, suggesting that a “Pandora’s Box” may have been opened in Cairo. “So, UN buffer forces are more essential. It’s going to require Egyptians to be far more vigilant about what's happening in Sinai.”
Watch the clips and listen to the interviews as Blitzer delves into more detail with his guests about the uprisings in the Middle East.