Mark Steyn, international best selling author.  Mark graciously accepted to pose for this shot on a cruise off the west coast of Mexico.

(For those with a couple of hours to kill, check out Mark’s interview on C-Span books here)

Professor Bernard Lewis, Princeton University.  Professor Lewis is the pre-eminent western scholar on the history of Islam. I especially like one of his more famous quotes. “In the Second World War we knew who we were,  we knew who the enemy was and we knew what would be the consequence of defeat. In the War on Terror, we don’t know who We are, we don’t know Who the enemy is and we have no idea as to the consequences of defeat.”

Philippe Karsenty, French politician. Philippe is the French citizen who exposed the staged hoax of the death of Muhammad Al-Dhura, a Palestinian boy in 2000. This incident gave rise to the second intifada in which hundreds were killed and was used as a recruitment tool by Osama Bin Laden prior to 9/11.   A picture of this fraud can be seen  on the wall in the execrable  snuff video that was made at the time of Daniel Pearl’s decapitation.

Phelim McAleer at the Ottawa Free Thinking Film Festival, Irish journalist and documentary filmmaker of such films as “Not Evil Just Wrong” and “Mine Your Own Business”.

Dambisa Moyo, author of “Dead Aid” and “How the West Was Lost” makes an appearance at the Ottawa Writer’s Festival.

Irshad Manji, author of the “Trouble with Islam” and “Allah,  Liberty, Love” makes an appearance at the 2011 Ottawa Writers Festival.

Rock star of the literary elite, Niall Ferguson, struts his stuff at the Ottawa Writers Festival.

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