Sandra Mackey is a free lance writer specializing in the Middle East. She spent four years in Saudi Arabia where she circumvented the prohibition on foreign journalists by working underground. Using a pseudonym and smuggling her articles out of the country, she reported on Saudi politics, economics, military affairs, and the society. In 1992, 1993, and 1994, she surmounted Iranian government restrictions on visas for Americans to travel alone throughout the Islamic Republic. In 1998 and 1999, she traveled in the Iraq of Saddam Hussein. She returned to Iraq in October 2004. In a helmet and body armour, she moved from place to place in Blackhawk helicopters and humvees to observe conditions on the ground as well as to interview both American military forces and Iraqis from every ethnic/sectarian group. Subsequently, she spent time in Lebanon in preparation of her book, A Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict. The particular focus of her research was Hezbollah.Over the years, Ms. Mackey’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA Today and most recently, National Interest. Her books include: The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom; Lebanon: Death of a Nation; Passion and Politics: The Turbulent World of the Arabs; The Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation;The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein; Lebanon: a House Divided; Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict.Ms. Mackey has appeared as a frequent commentator on Middle East events on CNN; Fox; MSNBC; CNBC; ABC Nightline News; CBS Sunday Morning; C-Span; National Public Radio; Monitor Radio; the BBC and Canadian Broadcasting as well as many other media outlets including several documentaries for television networks. For fun, she appeared with Bill Mahr on the comedy program Politically Incorrect.