Tuesday, January 18, 2005

In the Times, this week

I was holding my breath while reading what Thomas Friedman lately "committed" in the NY Times :

"Don't hold your breath waiting for a thank-you card. If the fact that American soldiers have risked their lives to save the Muslims of Bosnia, the Muslims of Kuwait, the Muslims of Somalia, the Muslims of Afghanistan and the Muslims of Iraq has earned Americans only the false accusation of being ''anti-Muslim,'' trust me, U.S. troops passing out bottled water and Pop-Tarts in Indonesia are not going to erase that lie. It is not an exaggeration to say that, if you throw in the Oslo peace process, U.S. foreign policy for the last 15 years has been dominated by an effort to save Muslims - not from tsunamis, but from tyrannies, mostly their own theocratic or autocratic regimes".

I don't know what to say. Such a renowned journalist, a star, a reference, choosing what he wants from history and "ommitting" what he wants. U.S foreign policy has been dedicated to save Muslims, huh? Hold on a second, I'm on the phone with a couple of millions of Muslims around the world, Mister Friedman. I'm sure they have things to tell you.

If my opinion doesn't count, so let me say that I'm tired. Talking of Muslims as a herd of sheep asking for help is a little bit mistaken, I think. However, Arab countries have problems, undoubtedly.

Mr. Friedman adds:
"Ah, you say, but the Europeans live in free-market democracies and they have become very anti-American. Yes, some of them. But for Europeans, anti-Americanism is a hobby. For too many in the Muslim world it has become a career".

Yes, and soon, we're going to see it as "occupation" on our passports, right?

No wonder that Mr. Friedman has so much success. His speech reminds me of the dozens of stories I read everyday, that make me sad more than anything else, just because I don't see any aim to this speech apart from more and more hatred. We don't need that.

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