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Sunday, June 25, 2006


victory over terror requires allies

posted by Aziz P. at Sunday, June 25, 2006 permalink View blog reactions
I have written at City of Brass about how liberal Saudi prince Al-Walid's new Al-Risalah television station is being portrayed as "Hate TV" by MEMRI and others of their jafi ilk. The ultimate victory in the war on terror is going to require a re-thinking of attitudes towards Arab society - especially Arab media. I have little cause for optimism on that front; the right is thoroughly tainted with the support of Islamophobic elements like MEMRI, whereas the Left is too obsessed with political advantage to take a stand on principle (witness the Dubai Ports debacle, which I also blogged about at CoB).


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