November 9, 2010

HARD TO TELL THE ARABS FROM THE TEA PARTIERS:

The Arabs' worst enemy: themselves: Progress in the Arab world will come from self-reflection, not blaming Israel. (Walter Rodgers / November 8, 2010 , CS Monitor)

Recently a group of Arab journalists was at the White House when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was speaking. The US president had a tiny, wireless receiver in his ear, giving Obama an instant, simultaneous translation of Mr. Mubarak’s remarks. The Arab journalists became quite excited, mistakenly believing Obama really understood Arabic because he was nodding his head. They wanted to believe he was one of them.

In a small way, the incident illustrates how unrealistic are Arab perceptions of the world, and of the United States and its president.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2010 6:06 AM
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