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Sat Sep 15, 2012, 10:59 PM

"Why is the Arab world so easily offended?" by Fouad Ajami at WP

Why is the Arab world so easily offended?

by Fouad Ajami at WP



The coming of the West to their world brought superior military, administrative and intellectual achievement into their midst — and the outsiders were unsparing in their judgments. They belittled the military prowess of the Arabs, and they were scandalized by the traditional treatment of women and the separation of the sexes that crippled Arab society.

Even as Arabs insist that their defects were inflicted on them by outsiders, they know their weaknesses. Younger Arabs today can be brittle and proud about their culture, yet deeply ashamed of what they see around them. They know that more than 300 million Arabs have fallen to economic stagnation and cultural decline. They know that the standing of Arab states along the measures that matter — political freedom, status of women, economic growth — is low. In the privacy of their own language, in daily chatter on the street, on blogs and in the media, and in works of art and fiction, they probe endlessly what befell them.

But woe to the outsider who ventures onto that explosive terrain. The assumption is that Westerners bear Arabs malice, that Western judgments are always slanted and cruel.

In the past half-century, Arabs, as well as Muslims in non-Arab lands, have felt the threat of an encircling civilization they can neither master nor reject. Migrants have left the burning grounds of Karachi, Cairo and Casablanca but have taken the fire of their faith with them. “Dish cities” have sprouted in the Muslim diasporas of Western Europe and North America. You can live in Stockholm and be sustained by a diet of al-Jazeera television.


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Reply "Why is the Arab world so easily offended?" by Fouad Ajami at WP (Original post)
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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:19 PM

1. migrants take their problems and prejudices with them, then seek to create their old world

and ways in the new world they choose to live in. Only succeeding generations MIGHT have the courage to change to the new environment.

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Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:23 PM

2. 300 Million.... wow


Not only have we been getting oil from their lands, we have been at war with their societies. It's almost the American Indian crusades repeating.

And everyone knows about Hollywood. How can any there be sure this newest assault on their heroes is not a Hollywood production? It obviously comes from America!

So what we have is the people there exercising their free speech. They are complaining. It behooves us to hear their complaints and act to console them.

Or is my idea too Lefty, and too Christian, for an American to profess?

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:27 PM

3. Are you being sarcastic?

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:48 PM

4. The premise is bullcrap


They are not offended to the degree painted by out media.

Just look at the media coverage of this latest round of "widespread protests". Even MSNBC grossly exaggerates it. They train their cameras on a tight shot, just like Faux at a teabagger rally where 100 people showed up. How many people do you see in those videos? Like 15 maybe -- and there is so little action that they have to keep running the same guy on a look over and over.

The Islamic world, at large, is not overly sensitive.

We will find that the killings in Libya had nothing at all to do with the anti-Islam video.

We will probably also find eventually that this video was pushed upon the Islamic world by AMERICAN right-wing agitators wanting to foment unrest to try to reverse the trend in the election cycle. Don't be surprised when you find out Rove had a hand in getting the subtitles translated to Arabic and pushing it into the places where unrest was most likely to take hole. That is exactly the kind of stuff Rove has done his entire career.

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