Saturday, August 25, 2012

Look how the New York Times stigmatizes all `Alawites (even Lebanese `Alawites)

This from an article by the Rolling Stone reporter in Beirut (covering Syria):
"as a Sunni leader was killed by a sniper from a neighborhood dominated by Alawites, members of the sect to which President Bashar al-Assad of Syria belongs."  What is the relevance of linking the Lebanese `Alawites to Bashshar Al-Asad in the sentence?  Why not say the same about the "Sunni leader" (he was in fact a Bin Ladenite Salafite, but who cares anymore when Salafites are now referred to as "pro-Western in the Western media)?  Why not identify the Sunni thus: member of a sect to which Usamah Bin Laden belonged?  Why not identify Barry Obama as: member of a sect to which Ted Bundy belongs.