01/10/2016 (Sabah – Turkey): Noted Syrian poet Ali Ahmad Said Esber, also known by the pen name Adonis, whose name surfaces regularly as a top contender for the Nobel literature prize, says religious fanaticism is “destroying the heart of the Arab world” but sees salvation in poetry. The 86-year-old lives in exile and is equally scathing about the West’s role in the conflict in his homeland, which has claimed more than 300,000 lives over five years. “The Americans are not looking for solutions, they are seeking problems,” he told AFP in an interview at the Gothenburg Book Fair. “The Americans do not have a coherent vision. Neither do the Russians, who are only driven by self-interest. The Arab world is strategic, an area of riches and the Arab people are just a means” to oil wealth, he said..