How could the world have missed an entire civilization collapsing before its eyes," asks Jim Lacey. "The simple answer is that no one has ever seen it happen before." In a major article in this month's Proceedings , Lieutenant Colonel Lacey makes a case that Arab civilization is collapsing before our eyes . In the process he takes on academic luminaries Bernard Lewis and Samuel P. Huntington, whose books on Islam have become required reading for military leaders, uniformed and civilian. Professors Lewis and Huntington, for all their admirers in high places, may be wrong, Lacey says. Best to debate the theories openly rather than accept them blindly. The colonel is a new and exciting voice, one willing to go against the grain of conventional wisdom, doing so with wit and intellectual heft.