Monday, January 17, 2005

Thomas Friedman & the Editorial as Colonic

New York Times self-reflexive proctologist Thomas Friedman has managed to shove his head further up is ass with this latest bit of detritus. Friedman states with a straight face that:

"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."

Nevermind the fact that Friedman, by focusing on the last 15 years, conveniently forgets the previous 45. Such "creative thinking" is what we come to expect from the Great Mr. Friedman. The problem with nearly everything the man writes lies in his insistence on marrying some trivial aspect of consumer culture with a some aspect of real-politik. It cannot cross his mind that consumers with tastes mimicking his own would have political aspirations diametrically opposed to his. A second problem is that he seems to be allergic to speaking to Arabs on Arab issues. He ends his piece by quoting Iraq "expert" Yitzach Nakash. Good for Mr. Nakash, no doubt, but when is Mr. Friedman going to quote say Rashid Khalidi as expert on Israel?

I think I heard the Greek chorus scream "Never!" but that may just be me . . .

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