What I found especially interesting about the article is Farish Noor's take on Friedman’s work. Farish is now Senior Fellow at the Rajaretnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and feels that Friedman is too concerned with America’s and not the world’s interests :
He is one of the most important American thinkers today because his anxieties reflect the anxieties of the intelligentsia. The problem is that while not being a blatant apologist for America’s actions, he adopts liberal positions yet remains partisan to American interests. People like Friedman and Gore Vidal straddle an unsafe boundary in which they seem to espouse liberalism and democracy, yet send an alarmist message to get America to re-energise and reassert its hegemony.Friedman's latest book Hot, Flat and Crowded is reviewed by Elizabeth Tai.