Thursday, February 03, 2005

Views from the Arab World

I highly recommend two posts at Crossroads Arabia. The first quotes the reactions of a young Saudi who is studying at a university in the U.K. His views on university-level education in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world in general are very interesting. The second, and more important, is an article by Dr. Mohammed T. Al-Rasheed which presents an Arab point of view that is probably a lot more common than we're led to believe.


Blogger American On Line said...

"On Sunday America vindicated itself to all doubters, including me. They delivered on the promise of withdrawal."

I do not get the above point from Dr. Mohammed T. Al-Rasheed's article.

Who delivered on what promise of withdrawal?

11:38 AM, February 03, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

What I got from that comment was that by ensuring the election was held, the promise of a process leading to U.S. withdrawal is being kept.

12:48 PM, February 03, 2005  
Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

The author realizes one particular point: once a democratic process has been established, it will be possible for the people themselves to ask the Americans to leave through their representatives.

This is a one-way process. By seizing their future in such numbers, the average ordinary Iraqi ensured that a permanent constitution will be created. With that in place, the government will have no ability not to reflect the people's will as expressed through elections.

I read Al-Rasheed often, and he has by no means been an admiring fan of the US. The case that George Bush wanted to make is being made, and it is having an impact on the nations of the Middle East.

4:50 PM, February 03, 2005  

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