Watching the warriors

By Ben Naparstek In Commentary

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30th August, 2008
Soon after September 11, 2001, Robert Fisk was bashed by a crowd of Afghan refugees near the Pakistani border. Only the 11th-hour intervention of a Muslim cleric, who called an end to the attack, saved the veteran foreign correspondent from death. But Fisk, who has lived in Beirut for 33 years - reporting first for the Times and then, since 1988, for the Independent - felt no rage towards his assailants: only at himself for fighting back. "What had I done?" he wrote after recovering. "I had been punching and attacking Afghan refugees ... the very dispossessed, mutilated ...

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