Below, I lifted something from the Wall Street Journal (01/26/12) as an attempt to influence my friend Prof. Amburgey, a frequent visitor to this blog. This shortish quote is also intended for the many conventional libertarians I know who have bought the Leftist tale of the world’s horror of America and of the particular hatred Arabs, specifically, feel for this country.
The author, “Ed” Hussain, appears to be a Muslim since his first name is “Mohammed.” He is a British author. As the beginning of the article from which I lifted this piece indicates, Mr Hussain can probably read Arabic. He has an MA in Middle-Eastern Studies and he studied in Damascus. (This info is available in Wikipedia.) In this piece, he writes from Cairo.
“The Arab revolutionaries did not look to China or Russia for a model of government. They looked to four-year presidential terms, inspired directly by American democracy. Islamist leaders such as Tunisia’s Mohamed Ghannouchi condemn French secularism but highlight American accommodation of religion as a model of a secular state that is less hostile to religion. Across the Arab world, satellite dishes face west. Hollywood films, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Jeans, Baseball caps, Facebook and Twitter are the widespread norm.
Even those Egyptians who shout anti-American claptrap – the Muslin Brotherhood and their Salafist cousins– crave meetings and photo-ops with visiting American politicians, such as Sen. John Kerry recently. The seek an American stamp of approval that bestows legitimacy, modernity, and association with global power. Without it, they remain pariahs.”
There is nothing new to me in those observations. I have been saying the same things for years. It’s good though to have another person, one with much better specific credentials than mine, say it aloud.
Arabs don’t hate us. A great many of of them just want to be us.