Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Better Than Average Arab 

Fawaz Turki, a columnist of the Arab News, has changed his mind on the war on Iraq.
I'm convinced — and berate me here from your patriotic bleachers, if you must — that what we have seen in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates in recent months may turn out to be the most serendipitous event in its modern history.
And not only is this columnist pleased at what's happening now, he also recognizes America's (and its allies') honorable purpose.
No, I don't believe that by going to war, America had dark designs on Iraq's oil or pursued an equally dark conspiracy to "help Israel." I believe that the US, perhaps willy-nilly, will end up helping Iraqis regain their human sanity, their social composure and the national will to rebuild their devastated nation.
From reading some other columns, I can tell he's no saint. (Checkpoints lead to suicide bombers? I think there's some confusion with the concept of "causation" here. And don't get me started on Holy Land "binationalism", better known as "Jews-in-the-sea-ism".) But it's clear that this man truly loves his fellow Arabs and at least tries to use reason in figuring out what's best for his people, and that's better than a lot of his compatriots, or even many on the Left in the West.
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