Friday, January 14, 2005


El-Kikhia And Rule #6

In his piece today Dr. El-Kikhia falls in to that tired mantra of blaming the United States for all the bad things happening in the Middle East. I would like to point out to Dr. El-Kikhia Thomas Friedman's Rule #6 (free registration required) for Middle East reporting:
The most oft-used phrase of Mideast moderates is: "We were just about to stand up to the bad guys when you stupid Americans did that stupid thing. Had you stupid Americans not done that stupid thing, we would have stood up, but now it's too late. It's all your fault for being so stupid."

El-Kikhia complains that the Bush administration (the Evil Empire) has created too many "hoops" for the Palestinians to jump through. Let's take a look at that for a second. President Bush has called for the Palestinians to stop terrorism if they want our help. Does El-Kikhia really think that this is asking too much? Do you?

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