Isn't it pretty to think so?

Monday, July 17, 2006
Rantingprofs: "Those who argue the US is the problem, the Americans are the primary targets, so on and so forth, might want to update their position in light of recent events."


David Thomson said...

"If reporters were that precise in their language, in distinguishing between evidence and speculation, in all reports, we'd all be much better off."

Are the Rantingprofs expecting too much from today’s journalists? They may be incapable of distinguishing “between evidence and speculation.” A postmodernist education does terrible things to someone’s mind.

CF said...

Youssef Ibrahim says the Arab League represented the majority of silent Moslems when it gave Hizbollah the back of its hand this weekend and he cites as additional proof the statements of major Arab media

******* Abdul Rahman al-Rashed, the general manager of Al-Arabiya, possibly the most influential Arab opinion-maker today, was categorical yesterday: "We have lost most of our causes and the largest portions of our lands following fiery speeches and empty promises of struggle coupled with hallucinating, drug-induced political fantasies." As for joining Hezbollah in its quest, his answer was basically, "you broke it, you own it."

* Tariq Alhomayed, editor in chief of the Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, stuck the dagger in deeper: "Mr. Nasrallah bombastically announced he consulted no one when he decided to attack Israel, nor did he measure Lebanon's need for security, prosperity, and the safety of its people. He said he needs no one's help but God's to fight the fight." Mr. Alhomayed's punch line was, in so many words: Go with God, Sheik Nasrallah, but count the rest of us out.

Several other Arab pundits, not necessarily coordinating their commentary, noted that today Sheik Nasrallah has been reduced to Osama bin Laden status, a fugitive from Israeli justice, sending out his tapes from unknown locations to, invariably, Al-Jazeera, the prime purveyor of Mr. bin Laden's communications.

All in all, it seems that when Israel decided to go to war against the priestly mafia of Hamas and Hezbollah, it opened a whole new chapter in the Greater Middle East discourse. And Israel is finding, to its surprise, that a vast, not-so-silent majority of Arabs agrees that enough is enough. To be sure, beneath the hostility toward Sheik Nasrallah in Sunni Muslim states lies the deep and bitter heritage of a 14-century Sunni-Shiite divide, propelled to greater heights now by fears of an ascendant Shiite "arc of menace" rising out of Iran and peddled in the Sunni world by Syria.

The sooner this is settled the better.*********

Seneca the Younger said...

Oh, Good God, David. Do you have nightmares about postmodernists under your bed?