I arrived late to the debate between Imam Shehryar Shaikh & Tarek Fatah, expecting to walk in to the second third of a very interesting debate. I was disappointed that Mr. Fatah was not present and that the debate was turned into a monologue. I was not the only one. As I exited, I chatted with several people who had hoped for more.
Mr. Fatah has laid out his reasons for not attending. While there seem to be multiple versions of events, you can visit Mr. Fatah’s and NAMF’s sites, as well as Facebook, Twitter and a bevy of blogs to get their various slants.
For those that did not attend, here is what remained of the aborted debate, as posted on YouTube. Consider your own opinions. To me, it rather looks like the fellow took much of the time to slag Mr. Fatah.