Saturday, December 09, 2006

Reporter Interviews Al-Jazeera Editor-In-Chief

Via Little Green Footballs comes the link to this interview of the Editor-in-Chief of al-Jazeera, the "Arab CNN". This interview shows clearly what I call the "Arab mindset" regarding, among other things, Israel:

Who is responsible for the situation?

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most important reasons why these crises and problems continue to simmer. The day when Israel was founded created the basis for our problems. The West should finally come to understand this. Everything would be much calmer if the Palestinians were given their rights.

Do you mean to say that if Israel did not exist, there would suddenly be democracy in Egypt, that the schools in Morocco would be better, that the public clinics in Jordan would function better?

I think so.

If you think this guy is a crackpot, if you think he's not representative of thinking in that part of the world, then you haven't been paying attention.

In the end, is it a matter of feelings of self-esteem?

Exactly. It's because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million. That hurts our collective ego. The Palestinian problem is in the genes of every Arab. The West's problem is that it does not understand this.

As Charles at Little Green Footballs says:

Wrong, Ahmed. The West does understand. In this part of the world, blaming all your problems on a super-powerful fantasy opponent is called “mental illness.”


Anonymous said...

Israel = Apartheid

It won't last forever.

Anonymous said...

You claim that Israeli Arabs are not discriminated against at all?

Is this your attempt at humor?

I think you should read the new book by President Carter for a more balanced point of view.

Darren said...

Oh, you mean the book in which Carter plagiarized, and was so full of falsehoods that one of Carter's people resigned over it?

Have you read that trash? I'll save my money, thank you. Carter's hardly a reliable source on this topic.

Interesting how the left lionizes failed-President Carter, especially when he let's his deeply-held religious convictions be known. The left doesn't like deeply-held religious convictions, except when they're anti-Semitic, of course.

All these URLs have links to sources even liberals should accept:
More on resignation

Darren said...

Anonymous, I have not posted your last comment. It added nothing to the discussion.

You should thank me for this one. Not posting that comment spared you from coming across worse than you usually do. If you can't contribute, don't come. You don't have to agree to contribute, but as a minimum you might, before clicking the "publish" button, ask if a reasonable person could conclude from your comment that you're an ass. If the answer is yes, then don't click that button.

Darren said...

Oh, and I can't believe I put an apostrophe in "lets" in my anti-Carter comment above =(

Proofreading, Darren, proofreading.