Fun Facts About Arabs …

  • The Arabs are a proud and sensitive people …
  • Arab behavior has a propensity for conflict …
  • Reasons for Arab conflict may lie again with the family where competitiveness is instilled at an early age, and life generally exists under various forms of intense pressure …
  • In the Arab world there is little stigma placed on the loss of self control and what westerners would consider hysterical public outbursts of emotion …An Arab crowd is high strung emotionally …
  • There can even be less serious reasons, for example in Lebanon the author witnessed a severe riot in 1978 over the unpopular outcome of a beauty contest.

Bech, thank God you are not one of these people, but how ever do you live amongst them? FYI: Check the author’s credentials and be afraid, be very, very afraid … Also, would not it be fun to hear what Bush whispers in Hadley’s ear after meeting with Jumblatt (must read on Jumblatt) and Hamadeh? Those crazy Ay-rabs … Although to be fair, I would bet that he whispers something similar after meeting with Avigdor Liebermann.

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9 Replies to “Fun Facts About Arabs …”

  1. Well, in the author’s defense, I guess this is what one takes away from the ME if your job is to negotiate with Hobeika and his ilk to secure a litany of dirty deeds … 🙂

  2. Hi!

    Currently, I’m reading Said’s Orientalism, which deals about the construction of the “Orient” in the West. He argues that this kind of representation in the western literature is dedicated to build itself as progressiv, democratic and morality. So also here, the Arab must be a bud guy, so that the GI can be a hereo, who defeats humanity.

    greetz

  3. Sorry, an error happened in the last sentence!

    “… so that the GI can be a hereo, who DEFENDS [and not defeats] humanity [perhaps we can insert ‘western humanity’].”

  4. yes good point gregor.
    though Said was more interested in the non-obvious form of bias against the Arab or Muslim or Other world, whereas this article is so naive, explicit and blunt in its worldview.

  5. @bech:
    Yes, it’s a blunt and one-sided view, but i think one must take such an article seriouly, because the author believes in his arguments. It’s less to say, that this is only propaganda or that the author is an insane. He believes in what he is saying, he believes actually all that, what he is saying about Arabs and Muslims. So this leads me to several questions: How does a discourse works that something like this can be said, and more, that it’s an accepted argument? How to oppose against such views?

  6. Hi,

    I know, this is a late response and perhaps it will be lost in outer space of the archive. However, i found two articels (Boroumand & Boroumand 2003 and Turner 1994) and both of them stresses the positive aspects of “Orientalism”. They claim that the Orientalism and the constitution of the Other do not only serve hegemonial or hostile attitudes. They show, that this constitution is a form of self-criticism. Take for example Nietzsche: he constitute an oriental and muslim behaviour and this point of view allowed him to criticize christendom. Especially Boroumand & Boroumand vote for a constitution of the West, which permits a critic of muslim, oriental (choose yourself) societies. To quote a sentence: “If we [sure, one has to aks, who is “we”] were to take a clear and careful look at the West, we would see that it draws its strength form its capacity for introspection and its intransigent self-criticism. […] When it [the West] could not find the other, it invented it” (Boroumand & Boroumand, 2003, in Diamond et. al. S. 295) A possible starting point: to criticize the West about his lacks in democracy and human rights.

    greetz

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