By Robert R. Fowler

For many years, Robert R. Fowler was once a dominant strength in Canadian overseas affairs. in a single heart-stopping minute, all of that modified. On December 14, 2008, Fowler, performing because the UN Secretary General's distinctive Envoy to Niger, used to be abducted through Al Qaeda, turning into the top ranked UN legitimate ever held captive. with his colleague Louis Guay, Fowler lived, slept and ate together with his captors for almost 5 months, gaining infrequent first-hand perception into the motivations of the world's such a lot feared terror team. Fowler's catch, unencumber and next appearances have helped shed new gentle on international coverage and safeguard matters as we input the second one decade of the " struggle on Terror."

A Season in Hell is Fowler's compelling tale of his captivity, informed in his personal phrases, yet it's additionally a startlingly frank dialogue concerning the kingdom of a global redefined via clashing civilizations.

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Is he one of the notables? UNKNOWN MAN: CADI: No. you’re in charge of directing his affairs? UNKNOWN MAN: CADI: That’s so. Then he’s an employee. UNKNOWN MAN: CADI: They claim he has. They claim he has a trade but he does not make anything. UNKNOWN MAN: CADI: He makes nothing. No. Has he influence? qxd:Tawfiq_Hakim 52 4/13/08 4:12 PM Page 52 The Sultan’s Dilemma UNKNOWN MAN: Yes, CADI: on his acquaintances. Has he many acquaintances? UNKNOWN MAN: Yes—many. CADI [thinking in silence as he passes his fingers through his beard]: Yes.

WINE MERCHANT forward. qxd:Tawfiq_Hakim 4/13/08 4:12 PM Page 45 Act Two SLAVE TRADER: VIZIER: Silence! Silence! Honorable people! You are today present at a great and unique occa- sion, one of the most important in our history: a glorious Sultan asks for his freedom and has recourse to his people instead of to his sword—that sharp and mighty sword by which he was victorious in battles against the Mongols and with which he could also have been victorious in gaining his freedom and liberating himself from slavery.

Thirty! At a sum of thirty! Thirty thousand dinars! [whispering]: Thirty thousand dinars to be thrown into the sea! What a madman! [shouting at the top of his voice]: Thirty thousand dinars! SLAVE TRADER Thirty! Any better bid? No one? No one bids more than thirty thousand dinars? Is this all I’m offered as a price for our great Sultan? SULTAN VIZIER: [to the VIZIER]: So this is the height of noble, patriotic, appreciation! Your Majesty, those present bidding here are mostly the miserly mer- chants and well-to-do, those whose nature is niggardly, whose one desire is profit, and who begrudge spending money for the sake of a lofty purpose.

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