About Walid Phares
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Lawyer, Journalist, Publisher, University Professor, Writer
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Lycee de Beirut (Highschool-Lebanon), St Joseph University (Lebanon), Universite de Lyon (France), University of Miami, FL (USA)
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Q. Favorite movie
A. Cold Mountain
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. It's aim cannot be fulfilled in one lifetime..
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Seek and spread knowledge
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Happiness is a state of mind which can happen from time to time; if a moment you longed for has materialized; an idea you struggled for has been accepted; a challenge has been met successfully; a person you love loves you back; your family is reunited; nature thrills you; you have saved/helped someone; you have achieved a dream; you have dodged or recovered a loss; you have defeated a disease; you have children and you see them succeed in life; you have reached freedom after years in oppression and many other similar joys. The perfect happiness is when life provides you with all of the above blessings or at least with most of them
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. That my ideas are suppressed and my work is in vain
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. A. In the land that I haven't seen for twenty years, praying at the graves of my parents.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. The pioneers who dared go first and who got there first
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Vaclav Havel (the former Czech President).
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Freedom, liberty, terrorism, democracy, Jihadism, oppression, cappuccino skim milk extra hot, hummus
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not having traveled to destinations I can't go to now
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Ice Dancing
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My son's education and my books
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Poor organization and time management skills
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. An eagle to fly freely and see the world from above
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Passionate but rational
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. The Lord of the Rings
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would like very much to meet with Jesus (the historical man), Moises, Warqa Bin Nawfal the mentor of Muhammed, Khalid bin el Walid the Islamic conqueror, Charles Martel (Frankish Leader) who stopped the Islamic Conquest, Nostradamus, Hanibal Barca from Carthage, the Fatima Sisters from Portugal, Albert Einstein, George Washington, Geronimo, and Ludwig van Beethoven - I would ask all of them many questions..
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Hearing or seeing someone eat loudly and disrespecfully
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Modesty, politeness, honesty
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Dark, thick, crunchy Kit-Kat wafer, made in Europe
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "Let's talk about Love" by Celine Dion; "We will Rock you" by Queen; "Another Brick in the Wall" (Part Two) by Pink Floyd; "Angie" by The Rolling Stones; "Hotel California" by the Eagles; "Winds of Change," by The Scorpions
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Victor Hugo Leon Tolstoi Arnold Toynbee Mario Vargas Llosa Ayn Rand Khalil Gebran Sun Tsu Albert Uderzo (French Comic books) (Others)
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Bible (With Fresques) Galgamesh Tolstoi The First World War Les Malheurs de Sophie One Thousand and One Night The Lost Paradise
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I re-read books on world history particularly the histories of America, Europe, the Middle East and Ancient Civilizations
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "Thank you, you opened my eyes"