Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Why Are Arabs Different?

In Yemen, an editorial writer commenting on the violent Muslim reaction to the Danish cartoons wrote:

"Muslims had an opportunity to educate the world about the merits of the Prophet Muhammad and the peacefulness of the religion he had come with," Mr. Assadi wrote. He added, "Muslims know how to lose, better than how to use, opportunities."

Or as an Israeli politician said about 30 years ago: "The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

Why are Arabs different?

When faced with adversity, most people try to figure out what to do to improve their condition. Arabs seem to react by burning cars and buildings and killing Jews and Christians and yes, other Arabs.

On the other hand, our President's behavior has not been exemplary either. Or the behavior of people who voted for him.


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