Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A tribute to the White Man at AUB

As I entered the conference room in the basement of College Hall at AUB, I stopped to look at the pictures outside. They basically were a tribute to the White Man and to Charles Malik and Rafiq Hariri--two of the worst Lebanese ever. And there was even a tribute to Mark Twain--an early enemy of the Arab people whose disdain for them made them invisible to his eyes when he visited the Holy Land, and even to Theodore Roosevelt--it suffices to read the latter's speech in Cairo early in the 20th century and his private comments about Arabs in any of the published biographies of the man. You wonder why I call for the nationalization of AUB.