April 20, 2004


Arab ally snubs Bush amid 'unprecedented hatred' for US (Ewen MacAskill and Suzanne Goldenberg, April 21, 2004, The Guardian)

A growing rift between America and the Arab world was exposed yesterday when two Middle Eastern allies delivered damaging rebuffs to President George Bush's policies in the region.

King Abdullah of Jordan flew home from the US after abruptly cancelling a meeting planned for today with the president in Washington. The king's move came as the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, said there was more hatred of Americans in the Arab world today than ever before.

Damaging? Given how much most Americans hate the Arab world right now it's hard to see how this could damage the President.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2004 10:25 PM

boo f**king hoo.

Posted by: poormedicalstudent at April 20, 2004 11:51 PM

As far as I can see, the entire Arab world can take a short walk off a tall minaret. I figure that we are about one or two terrorist attacks aay from the Sea of Glass strategy.

Posted by: John Cunningham at April 20, 2004 11:56 PM

I like the sentiment of the above comments.

"allies" That word is starting to get overused. I never thought of any Arab country as anything approaching "ally" status even prior to 9/11.

Posted by: h-man at April 21, 2004 6:05 AM

What I've never understood is why Europeans and their fellow travelers (that is, those who actually care what the Europeans think about us) focus so much on the so-called Arab street and the way they purportedly feel about us and ignore the American street and the way Americans feel about Arabs. If any "street" is justified in expressing disgust toward the other, it is certainly the "American" street, particularly in light of the billions of dollars we spend on them. Perhaps the answer is simply to refuse to sell them any more American technology and allow them to rely upon their own creativity (nyuk, nyuk) to invent and build the equipment necessary to exist and compete in the modern world.

Posted by: Morrie at April 21, 2004 8:40 AM

"A growing rift between America & the Arab world was exposed?"

First of all, it's getting really tiresome having to worry about (or at least, being told to worry about) angering the entire "Arab world" with every step.

Second of all, I wonder if articles in Arab newspapers started with "A growing rift between the Arab world & America was exposed" after the jetliners piled into the twin towers on 9/11.

They should have.

Posted by: Twn at April 21, 2004 8:49 AM


We have a high functioning democracy so our masses don't take to the street. We're Nixon's silent majority. The only folks you ever see in our streets are our own version of the EuroLeft.

Posted by: oj at April 21, 2004 8:56 AM


My point exactly. Our "silent majority" is what I mean by the "American street"; that "street" is none too appreciative of Arab opposition to our views, particularly since that majority understands very well what is at stake. 9/11 made abundantly clear what is at stake and our president has demanded that every country choose sides.

The Euroleft and their American fellow travellers either don't or refuse to appreciate this.

Posted by: Morrie at April 21, 2004 11:00 AM


Amen, Brother.

Posted by: oj at April 21, 2004 11:12 AM

All I can say is "Rock the Casbah!"

Posted by: J.H. at April 21, 2004 1:50 PM

The Arabs need to get over themselves.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 21, 2004 2:29 PM

"Hosni Mubarak, said there was more hatred of Americans in the Arab world today than ever before."

Yeah, but do they *fear* us yet?

Sorry, I'm just a Machiavelli fan.

Posted by: ralph phelan at April 21, 2004 3:48 PM

The law of diminishing returns applies to Arab hatred of the US. For a people that has been chanting "death to America" for so long, does it really matter to us if they begin to chant "double death to America"?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at April 21, 2004 4:31 PM