Tuesday, April 12, 2005

In his last days, Edward Said was furious how this fellow, Noah Feldman, that nobody had heard of, was sent to Iraq by US occupation to teach Iraqis how to write a constitution. What arrogance. Feldman has said some silly things since. He observed once that people in the region do not always act rationally, unlike members of the master race presumably. Here, he says: "Spoilers that they are, the Sunnis generate little sympathy." That is what some Middle East "experts" feel comfortable saying in the era of Bush. This now passes as wisdom and insights on the Middle East. Spare me.