Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Just A Quick Note

[Note To Laurie: Let Mom and Dad decide if you should read the links in this one -- Ed.]

Just before I head off to follow Mr. Bauer through another day of zany antics, I thought I'd point out this piece by Mark Steyn. With his usual wit, he makes several cutting insights.

One of the things I'd feel humiliated about if I lived in the Arab world is that almost all the forms of expression of my anti-Westernism are themselves Western in origin. Pan-Arabism was old-school 19th century nationalism of the type that eventually unified the various German and Italian statelets. Nasserism was transplanted European socialism, Baathism a local anachronistic variant on 'tween-wars Fascist movements. The Arabs even swiped Jew hatred from the Europeans. Though there was certainly friction between Jews and Muslims before the 20th century, it took the Europeans to package a disorganized, free-lance dislike of Jews into a big-time ideology with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Mein Kampf and all the rest.

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