Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Comic relief: Thomas Friedman as an analys--kid you not

So he is "analyzing" the sparks that triggered the Arab uprisings.  Here is one:  "I’m convinced that listening to Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech — not the words, but the man — were more than a few young Arabs who were saying to themselves: “Hmmm, let’s see. He’s young. I’m young. He’s dark-skinned. I’m dark-skinned. His middle name is Hussein. My name is Hussein. His grandfather is a Muslim. My grandfather is a Muslim. He is president of the United States. And I’m an unemployed young Arab with no vote and no voice in my future.” I’d put that in my mix of forces fueling these revolts."  I swear.  Every time I think that Friedman can't be dumber, he outdoes himself.  Very impressive.  He also said that Arab revolted because they were impressed with the coverage by Aljazeera of Israeli democracy.  If he knows Arabic, he would have known that Aljazeera covers Israel extensively: but it mostly covers Israeli crimes.   But the dumbest factor in his list, by far, is that Arab youth are so impressed by Salam Fayyad so they revolted.  I am not making this up.  You have to read this one and pass it to friends to judge for themselves that you can be dumb and get your column in the New York Times. (thanks Sarah)