Ungrateful & hateful Arabs? tch tch, Washington Post

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Last August Richard Cohen from Washington Post, wrote an article about the ungrateful attitude of the Arab people. It was scathing in more than one sense. He referred to an Arab opinion poll about falling approval ratings of President Obama despite him trying to reach out to them (sometimes at the cost of annoying his allies). Yes, he did reach out. To the government, not the people. The people might have have had more than one reason to have reservations about being a strong US ally. 

In the last 10 days, the situation has changed rapidly. Washington has been working round-the-clock to formulate sensible reactions to Egypt's uprising and more importantly on Mubarak, with 30 years of legacy hanging in balance. Perhaps it is an apt time to look back at another shocking article by Cohen just a few days back.

One could find some indirect logic in his 'who deserves democracy' analysis (and why is Washington Post reluctant to tone it down?..Yes, it's politics. It's business. "Anything Goes".. I get that, but still..). Post's dislike for the world's oldest Islamic political party is no secret but it also offers a discomforting reflection of the white man's mind.

Quite recently I had a 'I just don't understand them' conversation with a Canadian of Irish descent. A simple man who hates the British, as a part of his family tradition. Now although I don't hate the British, I do have 400 years worth of reasons to pretend I do. So I did continue the conversation. When the topic about 'them' came up in significantly lower voice (almost a whisper), I sniffed a problem. He did not understand 'them' but he still feared them and expressed his dislike with great caution. That's more like the white man we all know. I wonder what Washington Post's motivation behind articles like these is. Incidents like 'burn the Quran' by the Florida pastor Terry Jones shouldn't become natural and frequent.

By the way he was recently barred from entering UK where he had planned to deliver a controversial speech. Surprisingly, some people see a problem with that too! 


  1. You can't put all Indians in one box nor can you put all white people (even men) in one box. I don't know Richard Cohen's writing, but who knows what his motivations are? Perhaps he's pro-Israel, perhaps that's just his thinking. Remember he's American too. I find in North America left wing types identify with the plight of the Arabs while conservatives think the entire Muslim world is out to get them a la 'Clash of Civilizations'. But this too is a sweeping generalization - and we must be careful when making them.

  2. I am not sure if you meant that I did a generalization? This post was published more than a year back. Washington Post (one of the most popular newspapers in US) didn't shy away from posting their discomfort about the Arab world. That's I am writing about.