Saturday, March 19, 2005

US media love those stories. An American non-specialist thrust into a news story, and who is willing to confirm US foreign policy assumptions. She has lived in Lebanon for 18 months only, and teaches at (an elite) international school (most likely my own high school where only rich spoiled brats attended), and yet she does not mind taking her students to represent the whole of Lebanon. This is like saying that the cast of "Friends" represents the diverity of New York City. She quotes one student's name as "Awtel." What language is that name? Certainly not Arabic.