Today, Saturday, November 25th, 2006, I am starting my very own blog. I have waited all this time to do it, as I have always seen with respect and awe the writings of my mentor and friend, Amir Taheri, and the likes of my other friends like Richard Perle, Kanan Makiya, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Hassan Mneimneh, and so many more.
To me, writing, using the words they could be using as masters, was until now somehow insulting. It was almost as wanting to be a painter in front of Rembrandt or Picasso. Or wanting to play the violin in front of Heifetz or Natan Mistein...
However, so many people are getting to have their say that I know I have to reclaim my place in the firmament of our thoughts, my place to speak up in the battle of ideas that we are living in the face a most determined enemy.
First, I have to make clear that I am not of any specific political adherence, as I like to say, I have not "sold" my soul to anyone.
That said, while I have adhered to most of the political measures taken by the Bush Administration in the aftermath of September 11, I also have at all times kept my independence and have been critical of missteps throughout the road.
Sending a so-called 'vice-roy' to Iraq, such as Bremer, was one of the gravest ones, as we saw with the order to disband the Iraqi army to the bones, so to say.
Today, I read an amazing article by David Ignatius, the very intellectual and attractive journalist from Washington Post http://www.benadorassociates.com/article/20364.
The coming news is now that besides Benador Associates, now I am also opening the brand new BENADOR PUBLIC RELATIONS.
Benador Associates will remain as the independent think tank that has developed to be a force in the political and intellectual arena.
Benador Public Relations will handle public relations as well as client relations and media relations, for those of my clients who prefer to refrain from the 'public' approach of their cases.
Benador PR is opening now the following departments: International Investment Banking, International Finance, International Real Estate, Fashion, Luxury Goods, Re-Insurance and Health Issues.
The firm is to work on the international, global area.
My knowledge and understanding of other parts of the world and the respect I feel for all other cultures, which has so far helped me so much in my contact with my international clients, will definitely be a major factor for the success of the endeavour I have now in front of me.
While I am aware that there are many other public relations outfits, that have been in the circuit for a very long time and who have made for themselves a very big name, I am also aware that those same PR companies cannot possibly provide the same quality of service, knowledge, commitment that I will be able to do, as I am only going to keep the scope of my clientele only to a full dozen. Not more. It will be a very exclusive club because unlike all other PR outfits, they will not be taken care of by any employee of mine, but uniquely by myself.
It's going to be one year that I divorced and my private life deserves that I devote time to nurture happiness.
I am going to continue with my political involvement as my utmost concern there is the safety of my countrymen, therefore Benador Associates will continue its activities. And, I am ready to help and give my humble contribution to whoever needs my help be it Republicans or Democrats, as far as I can make a difference protecting the American people.