In fairness, America’s bellicose intellectuals are not alone. In Europe, Adam Michnik, the hero of the Polish intellectual resistance to Communism, has become an outspoken admirer of the embarrassingly Islamophobic Oriana Fallaci; Václav Havel has joined the DC-based Committee on the Present Danger (a recycled Cold War-era organisation dedicated to rooting out Communists, now pledged to fighting ‘the threat posed by global radical Islamist and fascist terrorist movements’); André Glucksmann in Paris contributes agitated essays to Le Figaro (most recently on 8 August) lambasting ‘universal Jihad’, Iranian ‘lust for power’ and radical Islam’s strategy of ‘green subversion’. All three enthusiastically supported the invasion of Iraq.
Researchers who have studied interpersonal relationships have concluded that relationship develop over time and are continuously changing. These changes in relationships often occur in phases such as the initiation phase, maturation phase, and finally the termination process. The initiation phase entails a series of characteristics and strategies dealing with new acquaintances. My strengths, following these strategies would be that I am attentive throughout the conversation and constantly finding similarities between myself and the other person. However, I avoid asking probing question for fear of intruding on someone therefore making it difficult to form a stereotype or categorization for an individual. In the maturation phase I find that I share more personal information about myself and find out more about others as well. My weaknesses in this stage usually involve the avoidance of commitment. In the termination phase, the most common type, in my case, is passing